SOURCE: Irdeto Access

August 02, 2005 07:00 ET

Irdeto Access Confirms Market Leadership With Record Year

Receives Top Rating as a Major Industry Player by a Leading Research Firm

HOOFDDORP, THE NETHERLANDS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 2, 2005 -- Irdeto Access, a world leader in content security and subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN) and (JSE: NPN), today announced that 2004 was a year of strong performance. During its last financial year, 1 April 2004-31 March 2005, key players in the broadcast, IPTV and mobile industries worldwide chose Irdeto Access' content protection solutions.

Fifty new customers selected Irdeto Access to protect their premium programming against piracy during last financial year. These are both large and medium-sized content providers in IPTV, cable, satellite, terrestrial and mobile. This brought the company's client base to 174 worldwide on 31 March 2005.

Key global client wins include TeliaSonera Sweden (IPTV), Essent, Casema, Multikabel, Intrakabel (DVB Cable) and Telecom Italia Media (DVB Terrestrial). ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, the largest integrated media and entertainment company in the Philippines with operations worldwide, adopted Irdeto PIsys for Digital TV to secure their Pay TV content, replacing its incumbent system in Europe and Australia.

In its last financial year, Irdeto Access reinforced its position as a global leader in content security. It established a Latin American regional headquarters in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In South Asia, the company opened a sales and customer support office in New Delhi, India and expanded its presence in China with a new Beijing development center. As a result of this investment, Irdeto Access saw a dramatic increase in the adoption of its solutions in emerging markets like Latin America, signing deals with leading companies such as StarOne, Hispamar and TVN Chile.

"Our excellent performance in the 2004-2005 financial year reflects our drive to offer solutions and business models that truly generate content revenue and result in a high level of customer growth and satisfaction," said Graham Kill, CEO of Irdeto Access. "Our recent acquisition of LockStream Corporation's assets gives us a strong foothold in the wireless market, providing a sound portfolio of diverse content protection tools, helping service providers increase their subscriber base and ultimately their revenues."

In addition to Irdeto Access' significant growth and customer wins, the company exhibited its leadership through a number of other key accomplishments in FY 2004-2005:

--  Irdeto Access acquired the assets of LockStream, a leading provider of
    mobile Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, based in Seattle,
    Washington. The resulting line of products represents a complete selection
    of content security solutions for the mobile market based on the OMA (Open
    Mobile Alliance) standards
    
--  The company launched the Irdeto Epsilon Card with FlexiFlash technology.
    This revolutionary new product offers operators an alternative to physical
    smart card swaps, allowing software to be securely updated over the air
    after cards have already been deployed
    
--  Irdeto Access unveiled Irdeto PIsys for IPTV with Irdeto SoftClient, a
    software-based content security solution for Broadband IP networks
    
--  The company was included in a recent report from Digital Tech
    Consulting, titled "The Business of Digital Copyright." Irdeto Access
    received a "grade A" rating and was described as "well integrated into
    (the) international content-security landscape."
    
For further information on Irdeto Access and its content security solutions, please visit www.irdetoaccess.com.

About Irdeto Access

Irdeto Access, headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a subsidiary of a multinational media group Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN) and (JSE: NPN). Irdeto Access 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 Access continues to offer innovative product offerings to its customers. To contact your regional office or retrieve further information on the company, please visit www.irdetoaccess.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Irdeto Access Headquarters
    Madelon Kaspers
    Tel: +31 23 556 2218
    PR & Media Manager
    Email: Email Contact

    Irdeto Access, The Americas
    Ellie Sanchez
    Tel: (858) 668-4878
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Email: Email Contact