Norwegian DTH pay-TV provider Canal Digital is to launch a next-generation TV service based on an end-to-end hybrid infrastructure which is entirely hosted and managed by UK firm NDS, a TV technology specialist now owned by Cisco.
The new TV service will combine satellite and over-the-top (OTT) delivery to provide Canal Digital’s subscribers with access to content anywhere, any time and on any device, both inside and outside the home.
The service promises to deliver an immersive TV experience that is personalised to the individual, thanks to the use of the NDS Snowflake user interface, enabling features that enrich the TV experience such as viewer profiles and contextual applications, both on the main screen and devices.
NDS is also providing a unified headend, while the home gateway and multi-tuner hybrid zapper boxes will be powered by NDS’ MediaHighway middleware, utilising Jungo Panorama remote management technology to reduce support costs and improve the subscriber experience.
In choosing a hosted, managed platform from NDS, Canal Digital hopes to be able to focus on the end-user experience without concern over technical operations, leaving scalability concerns to NDS, along with the rapid deployment of new functionality and services.
US telecoms equipment vendor Cisco completed its acquisition of NDS from shareholders Permira and News Corp last week for US$ 5bn.