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Verimatrix

September 10, 2010 03:05 ET

Verimatrix Secures Groundbreaking DVB-S2 Digital TV Service for the Wananchi Group

International Datacasting Corporation and Verimatrix Team to Deliver Direct-to-Home Broadcast to Zuku Subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - September 10, 2010) - IBC2010 -- Stand #4.B84 -- Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, today announced that the Wananchi Group, Africa's pioneering provider of triple-play (broadband, multichannel cable television and voice telephony), has selected the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for DVB to secure satellite TV services for the Zuku brand in Kenya. VCAS for DVB has been integrated with the direct-to-home (DTH) TV system being implemented by International Datacasting Corporation (IDC), a global leader in providing advanced solutions for the distribution of broadband multimedia content.

The Wananchi Group, currently the only triple-play operator in East Africa, required a flexible and robust revenue security partner to protect the growing volume of premium content it has been acquiring and developing to complement its existing channel line up as part of its Zuku consumer brand. The one-way VCAS for DVB security solution is a software-based approach to conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) without the expense and vulnerabilities of smart cards. IDC is the system integrator and project manager for this rollout over several planned phases.

"In order to effectively compete in this market, we have invested in best-of-breed technology that enables us to offer exclusive video-on-demand and pay-per-view services plus a line up of high definition channels," said Richard Bell of the Wananchi Group. "Verimatrix's security solutions were the next step in our strategy to ensure we are securing our existing revenue and enabling business models for future revenue."

"IDC has been a great partner to deliver exciting new services for Wananchi in East Africa," said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer, Verimatrix. "Our flexible, software-based security solution for one-way satellite systems helps keep Zuku at the forefront of the African pay-TV market."

About International Datacasting Corporation (IDC)
International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in providing IP-based datacasting solutions and systems for the distribution of broadband multimedia content. IDC has a broad portfolio of advanced technology products marketed under the names SuperFlex, Datacast XD, Tiernan, Logic Innovations and PROFline for implementing a wide range of satellite and other broadband content contribution and distribution networks. IDC's products are in demand for radio and television broadcast networks, distance learning, digital satellite news gathering and sport contribution, digital signage, digital cinema, IPTV distribution and other content distribution applications. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, operates in Europe through its wholly owned subsidiary PROFline B.V. in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in the US through its operations in San Diego, California. The Company is in international in scope with installations in over 100 countries worldwide, has regional sales and service offices in Australia, Singapore and China as well as an established international network of value-added partners and distributors.

About Verimatrix
Verimatrix specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe. The award-winning and independently audited Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) and ViewRight® solutions offer an innovative approach for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV operators to cost-effectively extend their networks and enable new business models. As the recognized leader in software-based security solutions for premier service providers, Verimatrix has pioneered the 3-Dimensional Security approach that offers flexible layers of protection techniques to address evolving business needs and revenue threats. Maintaining close relationships with major studios, broadcasters, industry organizations and its unmatched partner ecosystem enables Verimatrix to provide a unique perspective on digital TV business issues beyond content security as operators seek to deliver compelling new services. For more information, please visit www.verimatrix.com and our Pay TV Views blog to join the conversation.

About the Wananchi Group
The Wananchi Group is Africa's pioneering provider of triple-play (broadband, multi-channel television and voice telephony) and VSAT (broadband data and Internet) services. We're in the process of rolling out Africa's most innovative cable and WiMax network to complement the existing VSAT infrastructure. For more details visit: http://www.wananchi.com/home/index.html