NDS, a UK-based provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, has announced an agreement with Vision TV, a DTH satellite pay-TV operator based in Kiev, Ukraine.
Vision TV is the first operator to be awarded a license by the Ukrainian government for DTH broadcasting.
NDS will provide Vision TV with VideoGuard conditional access and MediaHighway middleware, as well as an electronic program guide. The platform includes the latest generation MPEG-4 compression via satellite. It also offers the flexibility for the introduction of future enhancements and technology across all of Ukraine. Vision TV will enable viewers to browse multiple TV channels through an on-screen TV guide.
Richard Caproni, general director of Vision TV, said: There are currently about 17 million TV households in Ukraine. Of this total there are currently less than three million cable subscribers, about 20% of whom are in Kiev. Our long-term strategy is to establish ourselves as the market leader for digital pay-TV services to everyone in Ukraine.
Jeremy Maddocks, NDS regional director for Russia, CIS, central and eastern Europe, said: We are delighted to be working with Vision TV. Most analysts think Ukraine is ready for mass market digital pay-TV. Vision TV has the capability to transform the face of television across the country, and NDS is ready to help make this vision a reality.