TelstraClear Taps Digisoft, Verimatrix to Develop PVR-Enabled Advanced Set-Top Box

TelstraClear, a New Zealand-based subsidiary of Australian telecommunications company, Telstra, that offers triple-play services in Wellington, Christchurch and Kapiti, said Monday that it has tapped Irish IPTV technology provider,, and US content protection specialist, Verimatrix, to jointly develop a hybrid HD DVB-C set-top box with PVR capabilities and support for IPTV that it will offer to its cable customers. The box is intended to compete against the TiVo-based platform that rival operator, Telecom New Zealand is planning to launch later this year. "The result will take our customers beyond present one-way broadcast methods to a solution that will allow us to move towards the new modes of delivering content and services that add value to our customers and enhance their experience," Steve Jackson, TelstraClear's head of consumer markets, said in a prepared statement. "Digisoft's roadmap, along with that of Verimatrix, which is supported by the major movie and television studios, is clearly aligned with TelstraClear's vision of offering our customers market-leading solutions."

According to the companies, the new set-top box will be "future proofed to deliver advanced interactive options": Digisoft's Digihost Service Delivery Platform and advanced Java middleware solution mean that TelstraClear is equipped to offer feature-rich, revenue-generating HD services in the future, the companies say (note: Digisoft bills the Digihost Service Delivery Platform as supporting and managing the delivery of interactive TV services through the Digisoft Java-based EPG on set-top boxes and other client devices, such as PC's and portable storage devices; according to the company, it also includes interfaces to enable integration to existing headend servers, such as entitlement, member management and OSS or BSS, allowing flexible customization of business rules, workflows and processes to support new revenue models or to allow customization of existing processes). The joint solution for TelstraClear will see the Digisoft Digihost Service Delivery Platform integrated with Verimatrix's software-based VCAS for DVB product, which the companies say will enable TelstraClear to combine its broadcast network with interactive IP delivery using a single, robust content security architecture.