|Korea’s SkyLife signs with Nagravision for HD||| Print ||
|Written by Rose Major|
|Tuesday, 16 February 2010 20:28|
|Nagravision has won a contract to provide conditional access services for Korean platform SkyLife’s new high definition DTH offering.
Quite how the deal fits with a July 2008 contract SkyLife signed with NDS to use that company’s VideoGuard CA technology for its HDTV offering is unclear. SkyLife and NDS have had a long-standing relationship, both for conditional access and middleware.
SkyLife has 2.4 million standard definition subs, penetration of 13% of South Korean homes. The operator wants to aggressively migrate the base to high definition viewing, while simultaneously introducing a hubrid satellite/IPTV offer and 3D. It has chosen the Nagra Media Access conditional access system to secure the new platform.
At the moment, the platform offers 53 HD channels out of its total 190, with that scheduled to rise to over 70 by the end of 2010. The expanded HD offering will rely on the launch of a new satellite (Mugungwha-6 launched by KT), set for the second quarter of 2010.
Mong-Ryong Lee, CEO of SkyLife, said: "We have been convinced by Nagravision's strong commitment to Asia and to Korea in particular, their superior security technology and track record, and their strong willingness to understand and meet our requirements. The openness of Nagravision to work with local partners was another important decision factor."
A ndré Kudelski, Chairman and CEO of the Kudelski Group, which owns Nagravision, said: “We are excited to work with SkyLife, one of the most innovative pay TV operators in Asia. This new partnership proves our strong commitment to the Korean market, which is also demonstrated by our cooperation with Korean companies to jointly develop local solutions for SkyLife. We are also very proud to help SkyLife with our advanced technology to become one of the world leaders in the areas of hybrid solutions and 3DTV, which are both at the heart of our innovation."
SkyLife already operates one trial 3D channel, Sky3D, which launched on January 1 this year. Content includes sports, events, animations and entertainment, some produced in-house by subsidiary SkyHD.
In mid-December 2009, the platform announced a partnership with one of the world’s largest consumer electronics manufacturers, LG Electronics, to develop 3D technologies and deploy promotional activities.
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