Speaking after the release of favourable results for yet another quarter, NDS chairman and chief executive Dr Abe Peled has emphasised the growing importance of PCs, portable media players and other portable devices to its product portfolio. He has also highlighted an emphasis on emerging markets.
“NDS is focused on three distinct markets: our current customers in developed markets where the introduction of new technologies is a key driver; new customers in developing markets where low cost with attractive functionality is key to rapid penetration; and new markets made possible by the increasing ubiquity of broadband enabling delivery of content to broadband enabled set-top-boxes, as well as PC, portable PMP, and mobile devices,” he said.
NDS reported a 20% increase in third quarter revenues, which rose to 20% to $178 million (€131 million), and nine-month revenues up 14% to $508 million. Operating income was up by 1% to $36 million and the nine-month operating income by 12% to $118 million.
The company currently has 72.9 million active digital TV smart cards deployed and 57.3 million largely MediaHighway middleware clients. It also has 6.4 million DVR customers around the world, though BSkyB are responsible for over 2 million of these.