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Keenan posted in the programming forum this link.

http://www.nds.com/personal_tv/personal_tv.html


At the bottom of the XTV product page, it states, "During 2005-2006, XTV will begin powering the PVR offerings of other leading operators including US-based DIRECTV, Sky New Zealand, and Scandinavia's VIASAT."


If you follow the right hand navigation on the XTV product page, you can see the features to be released:

- xTV Ready

- XStreamplay

- Xtv HomeNet


Last bullet on pg. 7 of this PDF doc says the XTV support HDTV.
http://www.nds.com/pdfs/XTV.pdf


I guess we have our answer.


Read the following posts of NDS press releases for insight as to what is coming.
 

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Middleware Powers New Interactive Applications Delivered by DIRECTV Las Vegas (CES – LVCC South #1, Booth 20950) – January 7, 2004 – NDS, a News Corporation company and leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, is presenting the latest version of its MediaHighway Core middleware running on set-top boxes from DIRECTV at the Consumer Electronics Show.


DIRECTV is using NDS’s MediaHighway middleware to create a wide range of advanced TV applications planned to be deployed later this year. These demonstrations at CES illustrate the technology innovation that will power the next generation of DVRs coming soon from DIRECTV.


NDS MediaHighway enables the deployment of a standard user interface on a wide range of set-top boxes. The new solutions, available only with NDS middleware, are offered on new set-top boxes and can be downloaded on existing boxes as well.


Some of the compelling new interactive applications built upon NDS’s MediaHighway demonstrated at the DIRECTV booth include:

• DIRECTV Active – This new portal demonstrates a wide range of interactive services from local weather updates to financial market summaries, and other customized information. Co-developed by DIRECTV and NDS, DIRECTV Active runs on both interactive-enabled DIRECTV DVRs and standard interactive-enabled set-top boxes.

• Mix Channels – Created by DIRECTV using NDS’s middleware and development tools, Mix Channels offers customers the ability to view up to six live channels all on one screen. DIRECTV debuted news, sports and kids content, offering a convenient service to interactively watch same-genre channels simultaneously.


Customers with interactive-enabled DTV receivers can now use their remote control to directly tune into any of the channels on the screen. “The adoption of our middleware by the leading digital TV provider in the world, DIRECTV, will bring viewers new and exciting TV services,†said Dr. Dov Rubin, VP and General Manager, NDS Americas. “Viewers will soon be able to enjoy a wide range of interactive services – they can get their local weather and sports updates and benefit from the same user experience on all their set-top boxes. These demonstrations are only the beginning of what this partnership will empower consumers to do.â€
 

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Samsung Electronics joins program as first partner Highlights:

• XTV Ready program supports the integration of peripheral devices such as portable media players, digital cameras/camcorders, MP3 players and photo printers

• Samsung Electronics is currently working with NDS to allow interconnectivity of a wide range of devices which will allow seamless connection with a XTV digital video recorder (DVR)


London, UK – 13 June 2005: NDS Group plc the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced the formation of the XTV Ready program. Chosen by leading TV operators around the world including BSkyB in the UK, DIRECTV in the US and FOXTEL in Australia, Sky Latin America, Yes and Hot in Israel and ViaSat in Sweden, XTV is the only secure integrated DVR to be deployed across multiple pay-TV platforms.


The majority of XTV deployments utilize set-top boxes (STB) that incorporate one or more USB ports. By enabling the connectivity between CE devices, such as portable media players, digital cameras/camcorders etc, and the XTV DVR, operators can enrich the consumer experience with new ways to view, manage and share content. This presents exciting opportunities for CE manufacturers to reach new markets and develop new applications.


The XTV Ready Program guides members through development and testing of the technological solutions required to connect and integrate their devices with XTV connectivity applications, via the USB port. Becoming XTV Ready is a key step in simplifying the device’s ability to seamlessly connect to XTV DVRs across multiple pay-TV platforms. The manufacturer needs to reach a commercial agreement with the specific pay-TV platform, to complete the integration with a deployed XTV DVR.


Becoming an XTV Ready Program member presents CE device manufacturers with significant opportunities:

• Rapid time to market for XTV Ready implementations

• Brand synergy with pay-TV operators and greater exposure

• Ability to manage the CE product’s lifecycle from consumer registration to targeted advertising and promotions enabled by XTV


Samsung Electronics is the first partner to join the XTV Ready Program and is working towards the introduction of CE devices designed to connect to the XTV DVR platform. The many exciting and innovative applications Samsung is working to implement will enable consumers to combine the features of XTV with their CE devices.


Kuldip S Johal, Business Development Director at Samsung Electronics, commented: “As a world leading CE manufacturer, Samsung is a firm believer in the integrated DVR platform and its ability to serve as a hub for home entertainment. The penetration of DVRs has been truly phenomenal, and we expect that DVRs will eventually displace standard set-top boxes as the predominant device for accessing pay-TV services.â€


Gadi Tirosh, NDS Vice President Product Marketing said: “We are honored to have Samsung Electronics, a leading CE manufacturer, join the XTV Ready Program. By making CE devices available to connect to the XTV DVR, consumers can manage, acquire and interact with movies, music, photos more simply and conveniently. He continued: “At NDS we are looking to offer our customers with the best DVR experience possible, supporting its important role in the modern household. With the growing integrated DVR market, we see the XTV Ready Program as an opportunity to develop relationships between our integrated DVR solution and the consumer electronics manufacturers whose products can extend the TV centric living room experience.â€
 

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Samsung, SanDisk, Thomson, Archos, Pace, Humax and Maxian to demonstrate XTV

Ready device connectivity at IBC Highlights-

• New members for XTV Ready program - Archos, Humax, Maxian, Pace Micro

Technology, SanDisk and Thomson

• Samsung Electronics and new members to demonstrate NDS XTV Ready CE

devices

• XTV Ready partners will be showcasing at IBC 2005: PMP, Flash Memory and

camcorder/camera connectivity


London, UK and IBC Amsterdam, Stand 1.171 – August 23, 2005 – NDS the leading

provider of technology solutions for digital pay TV announces that more leading vendors are joining the XTV Ready Program to enable Consumer Electronics (CE) devices to be integrated with NDS’s XTV world’s leading PVR platform. Archos, Humax, Maxian, Pace Micro Technology, SanDisk and Thomson join XTV Ready program. Samsung joined the program as an early member in June 2005.


Set-top boxes (STBs) utilizing NDS XTV incorporate one or more USB ports. By

enabling secure connectivity between CE devices, such as portable media players,

digital cameras/camcorders etc, and the XTV PVR solution TV operators can enrich the consumer experience with new ways to view, manage and share content.

NDS’ XTV Ready is a plug-and-play solution that serves as the infrastructure for

managing interaction between CE devices and the XTV PVR:

• Identification: whether the manufacturer and device model are approved for

connection

• Discovery: device functionality with a particular XTV model

• Activation: the establishment of the ongoing connection between the device and

XTV

• Management: CRM events, software upgrades, promotions, rebates, accessories


The XTV Ready Program guides partners through development and testing of the

technological solutions required to connect and integrate their devices with XTV

applications, via the USB port. Becoming XTV Ready is a key step in simplifying the

device’s ability to seamlessly connect to XTV PVRs across multiple pay-TV platforms.
 

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London, UK and New York, NY ─ August 23, 2005: NDS Group plc (NASDAQ /

Euronext Brussels: NNDS) today announced the following changes to its Board of

Directors.

On August 22, 2005, Lachlan Murdoch resigned as a Director of NDS Group plc.


On August 22, 2005, Lawrence A. Jacobs was appointed as a Director of NDS Group plc by News Corporation, the controlling shareholder of NDS Group plc, in accordance with Article 71 of the Company’s Articles of Association. Mr. Jacobs is the Senior Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel of News Corporation.




For those of you who don't know, NewsCorp, owners of DirecTV, have controlling interest in NDS.
 
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