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  • NDS to protect HD content with VideoGuard® conditional access technology.
  • VOOM launches an innovative HD Electronic Programming Guide, built by NDS.
  • VOOM to use NDS Digital Video Recorder content protection and storage technology to launch new and exciting DVR products.
 

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...and of course no mention of firewire interfaces for archiving to tape.


Let's see: no firewire on HD TiVo, no active firewire on shipping 921s, no firewire on Voom DVR...why am I getting the feeling that the MPAA has won? Or perhaps that 169time has won? :)
 

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We've just been teleported back to 1977. Star Wars is a hit. Disco is still in. And you better be happy watching things when they're broadcast...


Wait. We have DVRs. So, you better be happy watching things when they're broadcast OR your drives fill up, whichever comes first. Or wait til it comes out on HD-DVD...in 2008. Progress. Too bad the infamous 'they's' minds (read MPAA lawyers and members of studio boards, i.e. banker/non-creatives) don't follow Moore's Law of exponential advancement. Or maybe they believe they do, but it's More's Law.
 

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They just don't see a benefit to offering original quality material that can be distributed for free, when they can make a dollar reselling their content.


Media content providers see what has happened to record sales. They want more control.
 

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Ah, the myth.


See what happened to Hollywood when videotape happened. And cable television. And PPV.


They make more than in theatres. They make billions. In short, they make plenty...they can (and are supposed to) let us time-shift.


It's not control. It's paranoid greed...the worst combo for customers.
 

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RIckD, as has been mentioned a million times, the software for the PVR921 Firewire is in beta testing right now. It will be ready when it is ready and it will be released because they would not be wasting their time on it if it was going to be dropped.


However, it is not a priority since the current software for everything else with that unit is a disaster. That is the priority and I don't see Firewire being important until the 921 is stable.
 

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 http://home.businesswire.com/portal/...18&newsLang=en


January 28, 2004 08:00 AM US Eastern Timezone


VOOM Chooses NDS to Provide Advanced Technologies for Its HDTV Platform; NDS Expands Relationship with Cablevision to Include its New HDTV Programming Service


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2004--(NASDAQ/Euronext Brussels:NNDS)



Highlights:


-- NDS to protect HD content with VideoGuard(R) conditional access technology.


-- VOOM launches an innovative HD Electronic Programming Guide, built by NDS.


-- VOOM to use NDS Digital Video Recorder content protection and storage technology to launch new and exciting DVR products.


NDS, a News Corporation company and leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, announced today that it is providing VOOM, the first service built from the ground up to deliver a broad offering of high-definition TV programming, with a number of advanced technologies for its subscribers.


Building on their current relationship, NDS and Rainbow DBS, the Cablevision company offering VOOM, have launched a first-of-its-kind Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) built specifically for high-definition programming. Further, within a few months, VOOM will transition its conditional access over to NDS's VideoGuard protection. With the full integration of VideoGuard conditional access, all content delivered by VOOM over satellite will be protected and enhanced through VideoGuard's wide ranging feature set.


Using NDS's Digital Video Recorder content protection and storage technology, VOOM will also be able to offer its subscribers a secure networked DVR product that supports the safe distribution of content throughout the home.


Additionally, the collaboration will bring to market the first HDTV solution using a Motorola set-top box integrated with NDS conditional access technology.


"We have brought the first comprehensive set of HD programming to subscribers throughout the country," said Mickey Alpert, COO of Rainbow DBS. "This agreement will set a new standard in high-definition services, and we're happy to lead the way. Through this partnership with NDS, we can now offer our subscriber base the most advanced set of capabilities for an unprecedented HDTV viewing experience."


The new agreement also builds upon an existing relationship with Cablevision whereby NDS provides conditional access solutions to many of its digital cable customers.


"The rich high definition content which VOOM brings to its subscribers is truly a competitive offering," said Dov Rubin, VP and General Manager, NDS Americas. "With the addition of the high-definition EPG, and the content protection of VideoGuard in the DVR technology, NDS is working with VOOM to bring an unmatched set of technologies to its HD subscribers."


NDS VideoGuard technology is recognized as one of the most advanced and secure technologies available, protecting more than $15 billion in customer revenues while enabling pay-TV and providing a much broader feature set to enrich the viewing experience.


About NDS


NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/Euronext Brussels:NNDS) is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and IP devices. See www.nds.com for more information about NDS.


About VOOM


VOOM is the first and most complete high-definition programming service for the rapidly expanding home entertainment market. VOOM will soon offer 39 high-definition channels to consumers across the continental United States, including an exclusive VOOM package of 21 brand-new, commercial-free, high-definition channels such as WorldSport HD, Epics HD and Animania HD. VOOM is provided by Rainbow DBS, the satellite services division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Consumers may purchase the VOOM equipment and sign up for the service through local Sears retailers, by calling 1-800-VOOM, or by visiting www.VOOM.com.


Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-looking Statements


The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to the plans, projections or future performance of NDS, which involve certain risks and uncertainties, including risk of market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, possible regulatory changes, technological developments, the impact of competitive pricing and the ability of NDS and its commercial partners to develop systems and solutions which meet the needs of the broadcasting industry in a timely and cost-efficient manner, as well as certain other risks and uncertainties which are detailed in NDS's filings with the SEC. Company or product names have been used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
 

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Funny you should talk about NDS. Just ask DTV about them. DTV gave them their walking papers. NDS used to manufacture the access cards for DTV. DTV suspected them of compromising their security. They ditched NDS before the release of the P5 cards. Now DTV manufactures their own cards. Loosing DTV as a customer has got to hurt big time. I guess they would have to be strong in the cable market.
 

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Funny you should talk about NDS. Just ask DTV about them. DTV gave them their walking papers. NDS used to manufacture the access cards for DTV. DTV suspected them of compromising their security. They ditched NDS before the release of the P5 cards. Now DTV manufactures their own cards. Loosing DTV as a customer has got to hurt big time. I guess they would have to be strong in the cable market.
News Corp. owns DirecTV now. NDS is a News Corp company. Next time get your facts straight and don't make things up.
 

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NDS already provide the VideoGuard system to fellow News International relation Sky TV in the UK.


It is quite widely regarded as one of the most secure systems in operation in Europe - the UK Sky Digital service is only on its second card series since launch in 1998 - and has most definitely not been comprehensively hacked.


I believe that NDS are also linked with the Sky EPG and the Sky Interactive TV applications - such as interactive sports, news and other programmes.
 

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News Corp. owns DirecTV now. NDS is a News Corp company. Next time get your facts straight and don't make things up.
I think you had better take a look on the back of most any access card. What does it say as the manufacturer? NDS. I think you better get your facts straight.
 

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Your original reply:

"Funny you should talk about NDS. Just ask DTV about them. DTV gave them their walking papers. ... Loosing DTV as a customer has got to hurt big time."


Your next reply:

"I think you had better take a look on the back of most any access card. What does it say as the manufacturer? NDS."


Besides contradicting yourself, what point are you trying to make? Read my initial reply carefully.
 

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Kon is right about both NDS and DirecTV being subsidiaries of News Corporation. And Kon is also correct that NDS makes the cards for DirecTV though DirecTV wanted to make the last generation of smart cards. Now however, NDS will be making them again.
 
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