The end of super high encryption charges?

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Original piece was 16th March 2012

Update on 26th March 2012

Really old news recycled by BBC

They don't mention the Canal+ case settled out of court?

NDS response

The Register A better explanation of the Demise of OnDigital / ITV Digital


Cisco plans to integrate NDS into its Videoscape service platform following confirmation of a $5 billion (€3.83bn) bid for the technology company.
A statement from the San Jose-based firm confirmed the bid had already been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

Murdoch's Empire which also controls Sky has been down to 45% share of ownership. In the past there are allegations of NDS cracking competing encryption to damage Canal+, OnDigital and others.

Time will tell if this is a "good thingTM". Will it affect Sky charges for encryption on their platform? Probably not. Will it mean NDS videoguard CAMs for CI+ boxes and IDTV that have DVB-S2 tuners? Probably not.

Both would be good. But unless Sky changed to MHEG5 for Middleware (Included in CI+) it would be a problematic user experience. NDS also sells the "Media Highway" Middleware (used by UPC in some countries) as well as Videoguard encryption. Sky uses Thomson's very closed "Open TV" for Middleware.