Germany’s two largest independent cable operators, Tele Columbus and PrimaCom, have selected NDS’ DVR solution XTV to launch the country’s first cable HD DVR service across their networks.

The two operators serve some 3.5 million cable-connected households and operate a large number of independent networks.

They had previously deployed UK-based NDS’ VideoGuard content protection and its MediaHighway middleware.

Markus Schmid, CEO of Tele Columbus and PrimaCom, said they had decided to also select NDS’ XTV DVR technology as the logical complement.

He said this maximised the capability of their infrastructure and service options for subscribers.

The technology infrastructure will also allow Tele Columbus and PrimaCom to launch new integrated service enhancements across all existing and future devices.

This could include Video on Demand (VOD) or push VOD.

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