Cisco and NDS helping customers step into the future
The acquisition of NDS will strengthen the ambitions of Cisco to make its Videoscape portfolio of solutions the preferred migration path for service providers moving towards an increasingly IP, multi-platform and multi-device world while looking to maintain the value of their legacy investments. Ken Morse, CTO, Service Provider Video Technology Group at Cisco, explained last month that with NDS, Cisco now embraces multiple STB manufacturers and SoC (Systems on Chip) environments and can meet service and content provider expectations for content security in a multi-DRM world.
And he emphasised the importance of the user experience, “which is really driving the marketplace right now because it captures the imagination of the end customer.” NDS is a leader in the whole user experience domain, of course, with its Snowflake user interface typifying the kind of next-generation STB/DVR experience demanding consumers are now hoping for. Snowflake has been deployed by ZON in Portugal and is also being used by Liberty Global for the new Horizon platform.
“Service providers are looking for a partner who can help them on a journey and the two solution portfolios from Cisco and NDS complement each other to provide a meaningful migration path for customers,” Morse says. “We both have the ability to bring a large number of customers onto this journey, too.”