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NDS and NEC team on personalized TV

Conditional-access and interactive TV software supplier NDS has struck a deal with NEC to manufacture a dedicated Personal Digital Recorder (PDR) chip that supports NDS' XTV interactive television system.

The two companies are taking aim at the growing market for hard-disk recorders that allow consumers to customize their viewing.

The NEC PD82885companion chip is designed to support simultaneous record and playback, as well as advanced functions such as enhanced-quality fast forward, rewind and slow motion.