SOURCE: Irdeto

January 17, 2007 10:13 ET

Home2US Chooses Irdeto to Secure U.S.'s Largest Bulgarian Entertainment Network

Irdeto Continues to Be Vendor of Choice for the Pay-TV Operator

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 17, 2007 -- Irdeto, the proven expert in content security for digital TV, IPTV and mobile, announced today that Home2US Communications, Inc., operator of a premier open pay-TV platform and Payner Co. Ltd, the parent company of Planeta TV, has selected Irdeto to secure programming provided in the U.S. by Planeta TV, the largest Bulgarian all-digital 24-hour music and entertainment television channel.

Today's news further highlights Irdeto's ongoing relationship with Home2US, which, along with the support of SES AMERICOM, offers a comprehensive suite of turnkey and a la carte services to broadcasters, including space segment, conditional access, comprehensive subscriber management and fulfillment, hardware provisioning and state-of-the-art customer support. Recently, Home2US selected Irdeto to protect EURO-World Network's Croatian video and music channels, which are delivered to approximately 1.6 million Croatians and expatriates living in North and South America. Planeta TV, meanwhile, is one of the latest to join Home2US' growing offering of international television channels on SES AMERICOM's AMC-4 satellite and is estimated to reach 2.5 million people throughout the U.S.

"As Home2US continues to reach millions of viewers by expanding international programming options to ethnic audiences across America, it is critical that we have a content security partner that we can rely on," said Emrah Ozkan, president and CEO for Home2US. "Our experience with Irdeto has been nothing less than superior and as we continue to pursue these niche markets Irdeto will be our vendor of choice."

Irdeto developed the Irdeto Digital TV content security solution to enable operators like Home2US to secure content and manage entitlements for millions of subscribers. It allows operators to configure, maintain and monitor their operations quickly and easily, and, as a standards-based system, it is compatible with a wide range of set top boxes, compression equipment and subscriber management systems. The system offers a full range of optional modules, allowing operators to start with a basic version and to add modules as their business grows.

"Customers like Home2US choose to do repeat business with Irdeto because of our proven and flexible solutions and our unparalleled security record," said Sam Attisha, vice president of North American sales for Irdeto. "Irdeto customers have enjoyed more piracy-free years and fewer smart card swaps than the customers of any other CA company, and that delivers real value to an operator's bottom line."

About Irdeto

Irdeto, the proven expert in content security, provides comprehensive solutions for content protection in digital TV, IPTV and mobile environments. Irdeto is a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN) (JSE: NPN). The company's support, sales and R&D offices are located worldwide with corporate headquarters near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Irdeto offers both hardware- and software-based solutions. The company works with an impressive list of leading industry partners to create end-to-end solutions for any pay media business. Irdeto's goal is to help operators increase content revenue by offering best-of-class security solutions supporting a wide range of revenue models. With the acquisition of competitor CryptoWorks in spring 2006, Irdeto now has more than 300 customers around the world. To contact your regional office or retrieve further information on the company, please visit www.irdeto.com.

About Home2US

Home2US Communications, Inc., based in Herndon, Virginia, is the operator of an open pay-TV platform on the C- and Ku-band payload of SES AMERICOM's AMC-4 satellite. The company is enabling foreign broadcasters to distribute their prime television and radio channels to ethnic audiences in the United States. Home2US strives to offer a cost-effective alternative to broadcasters who wish to capitalize on the growing ethnic subscriber base in the U.S. Home2US aims to lower the barrier of entry and raise the service quality standards to broadcasters and the traditionally underserved customers seeking a better value from their service providers. Home2US has a strong record in delivering secure encryption and DRM platform solutions, which protect Pay-TV channel revenue streams.

About Payner Co. Ltd. And Planeta TV

Planeta TV, the top rated music and entertainment channel of Bulgaria, based in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria, was launched on December 4th, 2001 and almost immediately, a new media star was born on the Bulgarian TV scene. The music channel, which initially started as an ambitious project with great emotional charge, quickly managed to establish itself and won the hearts and minds of the public. Three years from its launch Planeta TV has become the Bulgarian satellite music channel with the greatest support of the audience not only in Bulgaria, but also on the Balkans, Europe, Australia and UK.

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