NDS to fuel Foxtel digital

Companies to create electronic program guide

SYDNEY — Australian pay TV platform Foxtel announced a wide-ranging deal Monday with News Corp.’s NDS Group to facilitate Foxtel’s digital service, which is due to roll out early next year.

NDS will develop an electronic program guide with Foxtel and provide technologies for its interactive services and conditional access systems for cable and satellite. NDS also will be the prime integrator for the introduction of digital set-top boxes to cable and sat homes.

News Corp. owns 25% of Foxtel and has the contract to manage the pay TV company.

“Our alliance with NDS will enable us to deliver innovative new services reliably and securely with maximum ease of operation for our subscribers,” said Foxtel CEO Kim Williams. “NDS is a world leader in digital broadcasting technology, and their proven systems offered the best solutions for Foxtel.”

Foxtel plans to introduce NDS’ personal video recorder in 2005.

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