Russian pay-TV operator chooses content protection system from Irdeto

Russian pay-TV provider CityHomeNet has selected Irdeto's Conditional Access System to help it transition from analog to DTV services.

CityHomeNet says the CAS will protect its Direct to Home (DTH) Satellite Digital Video Broadcast services as the operator works to attract a growing number of subscribers to its digital TV services with added high-definition and premium channels.

The solution has been implemented within NMSK, a service subsidiary of CityHomeNet, which provides Internet, digital and cable TV in Novosibirsk.  

Russia's pay-TV market is growing rapidly. Discovery Research estimates there were 18.5 million pay-TV subscribers in mid-2009, while the market grew by 15 percent last year and was worth just over $1 billion.

Co-headquartered in Amsterdam and Beijing, Irdeto employs more than 800 people in 25 locations around the world. It is a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers.

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