Tech Briefs

Sep 3, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Sony Electronics taps NDS for conditional access
Sony Electronics chose British interactive television technology developer NDS to provide the conditional access solution for cable systems that deploy its DHG-M55CB set-top box. Cablevision Systems Corp., the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator, has ordered about 3 million of the boxes for the digital services offering it will unveil within the next several weeks. “This [NDS conditional access technology] is a system that overcomes the current duopoly with [Motorola] and S-A [Scientific-Atlanta],” said Mike Fidler, senior vice president at Sony Electronics’ American digital platform division.
DirecTV zips into retail broadband DSL
Hughes Electronics’ DirecTV Broadband subsidiary has reached an agreement with consumer electronics retailer Circuit City for DirecTV DSL to be sold in the chain’s stores. Hughes is a new entrant into the DSL marketplace. DirecTV Broadband was formed after Hughes purchased DSL provider Telocity in April. Another arm of Hughes, Hughes Network Systems, is planning to launch a separate satellite broadband service called Spaceway within the next couple of years.