February 16, 2010 - Nagravision has won a contract to provide conditional access services for Korean platform SkyLife’s new high definition DTH offering.
SkyLife has 2.4 million standard definition subs, penetration of 13% of South Korean homes. The operator wants to aggressively migrate the base to high definition viewing, while simultaneously introducing a hubrid satellite/IPTV offer and 3D. It has chosen the Nagra Media Access conditional access system to secure the new platform.
At the moment, the platform offers 53 HD channels out of its total 190, with that scheduled to rise to over 70 by the end of 2010. The expanded HD offering will rely on the launch of a new satellite (Koreasat-6 launched by KT), set for the second quarter of 2010.
SkyLife already operates one trial 3D channel, Sky3D, which launched on January 1 this year. Content includes sports, events, animations and entertainment, some produced in-house by subsidiary SkyHD.