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Nagra to Bring Netflix to More Set-Tops

Video software and security specialist Nagra said it has completed the “first steps” toward helping its pay TV provider customers offer Netflix on the set-top using Nagra’s anyCAST Connect client and its OpenTV5 middleware.

The integration update comes about nine months after Nagra’s parent company, The Kudelski Group, and Netflix dismissed all pending patent litigation in the U.S. and notched a long term stay of pending Dutch patent litigation. The settlement included a new deal involving the integration of Kudelski’s video protection technology with Netflix’s OTT subscription-VOD service.

As part of the agreement, Nagra will integrate the Netflix application SDK 4.2 into its OpenTV 5 connectware platform. Netflix is also adopting Nagra PRM (persistent rights management) platform as a Netflix-supported DRM. Nagra PRM is part of its anyCAST Connect client. Nagra said it will ensure content protection for Netflix content using Nagra-on-chip security for set-tops and TVs. 

Nagra said its Netflix-facing handiwork will be on display at this week’s IBC confab in Amsterdam, and that the first pay TV operators to adopt the joint solution are expected to be announced in 2016.

“We are pleased to be working with Netflix to further increase the value of the pay-TV services our clients provide to their subscribers, especially with the advent of 4K UHD,” said Maurice van Riek, SVP, head of content and asset security for Nagra, in a statement. “We have worked closely with Netflix to ensure that NAGRA PRM becomes a trusted part of the Netflix platform. Together with our DECE and DTLA endorsements, this puts PRM in a class of its own as an operator-controlled, multi-platform DRM for the protection of premium services like Netflix.”