NDS has announced the availability of its conditional access (CA) add-on module, NDS VideoGuard Pre-Paid, which allows pay-TV operators to provide pay-as-you-go TV services. With this offering, subscribers can purchase and store credit for future viewing options or for immediate activation. Once they decide to purchase content, the set amount will be debited from their stored credit. VideoGuard Pre-Paid then sends the entitlement rights from the operator’s head-end directly to the individual’s smart card inside their set-top box (STB) and allows the viewer access to the chosen content.
By deploying this particular add-on module with the VideoGuard system, operators can offer flexible pre-paid options such as pay-per-view, pay-per-time, pay-per-channel, pay-per-bouquet or pay-per-subscription, depending on their package preference.