NDS Selected by Cox Communications to Implement Its Next-Generation, Set-Top Box User Interface.Highlights:
* Third largest cable operator in the US chooses NDS See eDirectory.
NDS - Netware Directory Services to implement its interactive, next-generation video user interface
* With the new user interface, Cox's subscribers will be able to access all their digital television services through a central, interactive environment whose functionality can be enhanced to include online community features
* Advanced user interface designed to run on many deployed set-top boxes as well as Tru2way (formerly OpenCable[TM]) and on other media devices including PC
* Builds on the relationship announced in January when Cox chose to implement the NDS IEX IEX Ion Exchange (chromatography)
IEX Inter-Exchange Carrier [TM] interactive set-top box testing platform
COSTA MESA Costa Mesa (kŏs`tə mā`sə), city (1990 pop. 96,357), Orange co., S Calif., on the Pacific south of Santa Ana; inc. 1953. It is a transportation, residential, and light industrial center. , Calif. -- NDS (Nasdaq:NNDS NNDS Norsk Nettverk for Down Syndrom (Norway) ), the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced it has been chosen by Cox Communications Cox Communications is a privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television and telecommunications services in the United States. It is the third-largest cable television provider in the United States, serving more than 6. to implement its next-generation video user interface (UI). Cox, a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company, has designed an interactive UI for existing and new set-top boxes (STBs) deployed or to be deployed in its cable networks throughout the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . The new UI is compatible with many of the existing STBs and is designed to be forward compatible with Tru2way technology enabled devices. This solution will enable Cox's extensive digital services to be promoted, searched and accessed through a state-of-the-art interface which will deliver a superior user experience.
The next generation UI integrates Cox's digital video services, which include video on demand (VOD See video-on-demand.
VoD - video on demand ), electronic program guide (EPG (Electronic Program Guide) An online listing of TV or other programs. Periodically, EPGs are downloaded into set-top boxes so that viewers can preview offerings by time or category and set reminders. ), digital video recorder See DVR. (DVR (1) (Digital Video Recorder) A device that records video onto a hard disk from one or more ceiling mounted video cameras. Part of a security system, the DVR typically supports 4, 8 or 16 separate camera channels. ) and interactive applications, into a centralized, user-friendly UI. Cox and NDS have partnered to further enhance the user experience by enabling personalization by viewers to match their viewing preferences. Network-based community sharing, which enables friends and family members to recommend programs to one another, will also be added.
"Cox is committed to giving our customers the best in simple, consistent and intuitive navigation," said Steve Necessary, Vice President of Video Strategy and Product Management. "NDS has extensive knowledge in the development of advanced applications and user interfaces for multiple platforms. We are looking forward to working with them to deliver world class services to our customers, on a platform capable of supporting tomorrow's new technologies."
"Building on our proven experience in the development of interactive applications, NDS is working closely with Cox to enable a high quality UI that will be delivered to market quickly," said Steve Tranter, Vice President of Broadband and Interactive for NDS. "As consumers grow more accustomed to a visually appealing, easy way to access their content, Cox has recognized that an interactive and customizable UI is essential to pleasing the customer, and we are delighted with the results of this collaboration."
In January 2008, Cox selected NDS to deliver IEX[TM], its automated STB See set-top box.
STB - set-top box testing solution. NDS' IEX combines hardware and software to automatically test all interactive applications on STBs operating in both cable and telecommunications environments, a task which was in the past handled manually and often was susceptible to human error. IEX provides a more accurate and cost-effective alternative to manual testing.
NDS provides a portfolio of market-leading solutions for digital television which includes VideoGuard([R]), its proven conditional access solution for Pay TV, that is currently protecting over 86.9 million active devices worldwide. The NDS VideoGuard solutions portfolio includes VideoGuard Mobile[TM] for broadcasting to mobile devices, VideoGuard PC[TM] to secure content in personal computers, VideoGuard PMP See point-to-multipoint and portable media player.
PMP - Portable Media Player [TM] for portable media players and RadioGuard(TM), for the HD Radio platform. NDS also offers an industry-leading suite of enabling software solutions including MediaHighway([R]) middleware, interactive TV applications and digital video recorder (DVR) technology. NDS middleware has been deployed in 83.1 million devices and NDS DVR technology is powering over 12.1 million DVRs in viewers' homes around the world.
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