SOURCE: Irdeto

August 01, 2006 06:00 ET

Home2US Selects Irdeto to Secure EURO-World Network's Pay TV Programming for the Americas

Direct-To-Home Platform Offers Croatian content Via SES Americom's AMC-4 Satellite

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2006 -- Irdeto, the proven expert in content security for digital TV, IPTV and mobile, and a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN) (JSE: NPN) has announced that pay TV operator Home2US Communications, Inc., has selected Irdeto to secure its newest additions to the programming line-up.

The Irdeto Digital TV content security solution replaces the existing system of one of Irdeto's competitors and will 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. By securing the content with Irdeto, Home2US ensures revenue collection for its premium ethnic programming.

Home2US, founded by a team experienced at successfully offering pay TV services to DTH subscribers in Europe, provides a cost-effective solution to foreign broadcasters who want to reach a burgeoning subscriber base in America. Home2US, 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.

"As the world population becomes increasingly mobile, access to news and entertainment from one's country of origin is becoming an increasingly popular and attractive product offering," said Graham Kill, CEO at Irdeto. "With Irdeto's content security solution in place, Home2US can offer ethnic programming using the world's most trusted content security solution."

The Home2US direct-to-home platform will offer Croatian public broadcasting channel, Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) and the music and entertainment channel, Croatian Music Channel (CMC). Content will be received at the SES Global teleport in Leuk, Switzerland and backhauled over new fiber to the SES Americom teleport in Woodbine, Maryland, where the content will be processed and prepared for delivery.

"Our goal is to continue to offer quality ethnic programming and provide a variety of service offerings to our broadcasters and subscribers," said Emrah Ozkan, President and Chief Executive Officer for Home2US. "Irdeto brings a vast amount of experience to the relationship, including an excellent track record in protecting content, which ultimately ensures us of secure revenue streams."

About Irdeto

Irdeto, headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a subsidiary of a multinational media group Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN) (JSE: NPN). Irdeto specializes in designing, developing and marketing end-to-end solutions to manage and protect content from unauthorized access in the television broadcast, mobile and broadband environments. With nearly 40 years of providing encryption technology and proven success in deploying security solutions across the globe, Irdeto continues to offer innovative product offerings to its customers. 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 EURO-World Network

(EWN) EURO-World Network, Inc. is established to provide international television and radio services to ethnic community's world-wide. The company works together with International Broadcasters to fulfill an undeniable need that exists within ethnic people all over the world, to grow and maintain a strong connection with their cultural heritage. Together, they provide the ethnic speaking audience with a unique and affordable multi-cultural link to their Homeland, by delivering top-quality Television and Radio programming in the comfort of their own home.

Contact Information

  • For additional information, please contact:
    Ellie Sanchez
    Irdeto
    Tel: (425) 497-2800 x228
    Mobile: (425) 802-6115
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