One of the Middle East's largest satellite broadcasters chooses Philips CryptoWorks

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Philips CryptoTec, a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG), has signed an important contract to supply its CryptoWorks conditional access (CA) system to Al-Majd Satellite Broadcasting Ltd.

Al-Majd is a rapidly growing satellite operator that transmits Arabic and English channels from Riyadh, Dubai and Cairo. In a special configuration, the set-top box deployed by Al-Majd will ensure that its direct-to-home subscribers throughout the Middle East will only be able to receive the Al-Majd content. The Al-Majd content themselves will be protected using Philips' CryptoWorks CA System, so that only pay-TV subscribers using their CryptoWorks smart cards can access them.

During the signing of the contract with Philips, Mr. Hammam A. Aldesouki, Deputy General Manager of Al-Majd Satellite Broadcasting, said: "We are delighted to be supplied with the CryptoWorks conditional access system. We can now be fully assured of maximum protection of our valuable content, and that we will be supported with the highest possible level of service. I am greatly impressed with the help and open discussion with Philips leading up to this agreement."

Also commenting during the signing, Alex Terpstra, General Manager of Philips CryptoTec, said: "This is another major milestone for CryptoWorks, and also completely in line with our strategy to gain a stronger foothold in the Middle East. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Al-Majd Satellite Broadcasting."

Philips CryptoTec is a provider of digital content protection solutions and services, such as its CryptoWorks DVB, IP Conditional Access and Digital Rights Management for pay-TV operations, content streaming and download. Its CryptoWorks product is a very compact, secure and scalable conditional access solution that is specifically designed for digital pay-TV operations and allows for subscription TV and pre-booked/impulse pay-per-view. CryptoWorks' scalable licensing model allows a low entry-level investment that can grow with increasing revenues. Its 'one-core, one-card' concept is based on a flexible platform that can easily be upgraded or extended with additional functions as required. One single smart card manages multiple independent operators in cable, satellite, terrestrial, IP or telecom networks. Philips CryptoWorks is also the technology engine behind ChinaCrypt™, China's leading conditional access system.

Press Release  |  18.07.2004

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