SOURCE: Irdeto

April 16, 2007 06:30 ET

Irdeto Secures First MPEG-4 Deployment for RC Technologies

Deployment Delivers Wireless Cable Services in Rural Communities

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- NAB 2007 -- Irdeto, a world-leader in content security for digital TV, IPTV and mobile, has been selected by RC Technologies to secure the wireless operator's broadband radio service (BRS)(1) network in rural communities. The network, integrated by CC&I Engineering, marks the first deployment of MPEG-4 compression via Coship's new AnySight 600 set-top boxes (STBs).

BRS uses microwave frequencies to deliver broadcast signals from RC Technologies head-end to terrestrial towers, allowing subscribers to receive wireless cable transmissions from their rooftop antennas.

"BRS allows RC Technologies to deliver cable TV services without facing the expensive investments associated with developing a wired-cable infrastructure," said Scott Bostrom, operations manager at RC Technologies. "The end-result is a quality broadcast offering without passing unnecessary costs on to our rural subscribers."

"RC Technologies chose the Irdeto Digital TV content security solution because of its wide support for STBs and head-end equipment suppliers and demonstrated track record for proven content protection around the world," said David Pawloski, network engineering manager at CC&I Engineering. "There was no hesitation to recommend Irdeto for this deployment."

RC Technologies is the first video provider to use MPEG-4 compression based on Coship's new AnySight 600 STBs, provided by TBC Integration. MPEG-4 technology supplies up to 50 percent more video compression than MPEG-2. This helps to mitigate the limited spectrum bandwidth given to wireless operators, allowing more channel offerings and a much higher level of service without sacrificing performance or picture quality.

"The value of wireless cable is contingent on the ability to protect the content being broadcast from the head-end to the subscriber," said Doug Lowther, vice president of sales and marketing for Irdeto. "Irdeto Digital TV provides RC Technologies with a proven content security solution that ensures subscribers can only view the cable package programming they have paid for."

Irdeto has Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP)(2) product approval, reducing overall operator deployment costs. RDUP provides financing to companies planning to bring broadband services to underserved areas of the U.S.

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) and (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 RC Technologies

RC Technologies was founded in 1986 when the company began offering local dial-up Internet services to local exchanges for the RC Family of Companies. Since then, the company has added areas outside its base calling area. It has also expanded service offerings to include DSL Internet service in select areas and is a Cellular 2000 agent. In June of 2003, RC Technologies adopted a new division called RCTv to deliver cable television services. For more information, please visit www.tnics.com.

About CC&I Engineering

CC&I Engineering, a professional services firm, has been providing innovative technology solutions to the telecommunications industry since 1983. To learn more about CC&I Engineering, please visit www.cci-eng.com.

(1) Also known as Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS)

(2) Formerly known as the Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

Contact Information

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