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NDS Implements ARM Technology-based Secure Mobile Environment with SK Planet in Korea

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- NDS’ VideoGuard Connect digital rights management (DRM) to enable secure delivery and protection of premium HD video content with SK Planet’s secure platform.
- VideoGuard Connect uses ARM® TrustZone® Technology to provide a trusted execution environment for the delivery of HD video content to mobile devices
- VideoGuard Connect DRM is available on a variety of mobile Operating Systems including Android and highlights the combined security capabilities of NDS, SK Planet and ARM in even the most open environments

NDS today announced the implementation of its VideoGuard Connect DRM for HD pay-TV on mobile devices using ARM TrustZone technology with SK Planet, a subsidiary of SK Telecom, Korea’s leading telecoms provider.

Since 2011, SK Planet has provided a multi-screen service branded "Hoppin" to its two million subscribers throughout Korea and will develop this business to embrace an ever increasing amount of premium video and HD content.

Through this initiative, the three companies have demonstrated a system that meets the requirements of content owners for the delivery of premium HD content to mobile devices. It verifies the hardened security capabilities of NDS’ VideoGuard Connect DRM utilizing ARM TrustZone Technology, used in many popular smartphones and tablet devices.

Hoo-Jong Kim, Chief of SKP Laboratory (CTO ), SK Planet commented: "As we look to expand our service, we endeavour to do so in the most secure yet flexible way. The implementation of NDS’ VideoGuard Connect with ARM TrustZone on our platform has shown that there is an effective way to secure high-value content and services on Android devices."

VideoGuard Connect, the DRM for multiplatform pay-TV, provides end-to-end protection of an operator’s service, utilizing the unique security capabilities of each individual platform. Designed to help TV operators to seamlessly extend their pay-TV services to connected media devices, VideoGuard Connect enables the secure ingestion, delivery and consumption of premium content over both managed and over-the-top (OTT) networks on the most popular devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs, games consoles and Smart TVs.

Demonstrated on the Android platform, this development highlights the security capabilities of the DRM solution in even the most open environment, combining VideoGuard Connect with the built-in ARM TrustZone capabilities of the mobile device.

Sue Taylor, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific NDS added: "SK Planet is taking important steps to ensure that it is able to offer its subscribers the best possible content." she continued, "NDS’ DRM is already widely deployed on the most popular devices and enables pay-TV operators around the world to deliver their content and services securely to subscribers in the most flexible ways. This development expands that reach to enable additional services that require a higher level of security, such as access to HD content and additional business models. Through our partnership with ARM we are able to provide hardened security solutions to ensure that our customers are able to take advantage of all market opportunities."

ARM TrustZone technology is a system-wide approach to security on high performance computing platforms for a huge array of applications, including secure payment, digital rights management (DRM), enterprise and web-based services. ARM processors are present in 90% of the world’s tablets and smartphones.

Ben Cade, Vice President and General Manager, secure services division, ARM commented: "As consumers increasingly demand their world at their fingertips, including premium TV content, the industry must ensure that they have high levels of trust when connecting via handheld devices. Working with NDS on digital rights management has resulted in a common solution that enables this, whilst meeting the needs of HD content owners in terms of asset management and distribution of content." He continued, "ARM TrustZone technology combined with robust DRM solutions, such as those provided by NDS, achieves this by providing increased levels of protection for premium content on these smart connected devices."

About SK Planet
SK Planet, is a subsidiary company of SK Telecom that manages Korea’s leading mobile application store, the T-store service. Customers can download all mobile related application directly to their mobile devices including smart phones and tablets. The application store has 14 million subscribers and has had over 700 million downloaded records. Sky Planet have expanded their service to China and Taiwan and launched the ‘qiip’ application store in November in Japan. In addition, ‘11st’ established in 2008 becomes local number two open market, and it leads mobile shopping market via smart devices and provides differentiated customer service and various product planning; they are preparing their business in overseas market. By launching ‘global Cyworld’ which is multilingual SNS platform service targeted for global users, they lunch new media content business using Korean content on Southeast Asia; SK Planet is expanding their business in order to become global platform business.

NDS Group Ltd.

NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 90 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their business.

NDS’ VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading content and service protection solution, deployed in 133 million pay-TV households. VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technologies safeguard pay-TV service revenues exceeding $50 billion. NDS middleware, which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 226 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, is a leader in the global industry with 49 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 30th April 2012).

Headquartered in the UK, with over 5000 employees, NDS remains committed to investing in technology and development with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US.

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