Viasat, a digital satellite pay-TV operator serving Scandinavia and the Baltic region, has added NDS' Progressive Download (PDL) technology to the ViasatPlusHD hybrid DVR.
The ViasatOnDemand HD service, offers ViasatPlusHD subscribers the ability to download a movie or series via their broadband internet connection. According to NDS, PDL technology removes buffering problems associated with slow broadband download speeds.
NDS PDL technology uses the available bandwidth to download content to the DVR's hard drive; once enough content is cached, then the viewer can start playback without interruption, and any remaining content is downloaded in background mode.
Viasat currently uses NDS VideoGuard conditional access (CA), MediaHighway middleware, XTV DVR technology, and a customised electronic programme guide (EPG) to secure and power its HD pay-TV service.
Caroline Le Bigot, NDS Senior Vice President, EMEA, said: "Progressive Download is a critical development for service providers looking to mirror traditional cable-based VOD service quality cost-effectively via a broadband internet connection. Viasat is at the forefront of the HD pay-TV sector in Scandinavia and is another successful deployment of our PDL technology. NDS and Viasat share a common commitment to deliver advanced technology and services to our customers, a major reason why our relationship has continued to flourish."
Martin Lewerth, CTO of MTG/Viasat Broadcasting, added: "This latest agreement with NDS to support the launch of our ViasatOnDemand high definition hybrid platform makes it possible for us to offer an affordable VOD service to subscribers via a broadband connection. It represents another key milestone for Viasat and NDS, as we work together to ensure that Viasat customers receive the most advanced and exciting viewing experience possible."
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