NDS End-to-End Digital Broadcasting Systems Selected by China Cable Network for Zhejiang Province

NDS End-to-End Digital Broadcasting Systems Selected by China Cable Network for Zhejiang Province

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

HONG KONG & BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 2, 2003

NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/NASDAQ Europe:NNDS) –

Highlights:

— China Cable Network to deliver digital cable TV programming

services to subscribers in four cities of Zhejiang Province –

Wenzhou, Shaoxing, Huzhou, and Lishui.

— NDS receives order for 50,000 smart cards for China Cable

Network.

— NDS Beijing engineers to conduct integration, testing and

installation of the network and to develop an interactive

electronic program guide (EPG) for China Cable Network.

NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company and a leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that China Cable Network Co., Ltd. has selected NDS’s end-to-end digital broadcasting technology for the launch of new digital cable TV services to four cities in Zhejiang Province.

China Cable Network is expected to launch by year-end 2003. There are currently 7.18 million analog cable TV viewers in Zhejiang province.(1) China Cable Network plans to offer new digital and interactive cable TV services, broadcasting from the Wenzhou broadcasting center to subscribers in the four cities and their surrounding areas.

Mr. Gary Zhou, General Manager of NDS China said, “China Cable Network has selected four cities of Zhejiang province for their launch, which is among the most developed provinces in China. Utilizing NDS technology, they will offer subscribers new digital and interactive cable TV programming services. NDS is honored to assist China Cable Network to further the digital roll out in the Chinese cable TV industry, and to assist them to grow their business.”

The NDS end-to-end solution selected by China Cable Network includes NDS VideoGuard(TM) conditional access, NDS Core(TM) middleware, and StreamServer(TM) digital broadcast management solution. In addition, NDS Beijing will customize an electronic program guide for China Cable Network viewers to receive interactive programming information.

“Protecting more than US$11 billion in customer revenues around the world, NDS VideoGuard conditional access is proven to be a reliable and secure DVB conditional access system,” added Mr. Gary Zhou. In China, NDS VideoGuard is one of the only two foreign conditional access systems recommended by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

About China Cable Network Co. Ltd.

China Cable Network Co. Ltd. (CCN), established in 1998, is one of the two largest cable TV network operators affiliated to the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television (SARFT). CCN is responsible for the construction, operation and management of the national cable TV broadcasting network. Currently, the company has 1.1 million direct subscribers and 2 million users with access to the company’s network. See www.cncable.com.cn for more information about China Cable Network Co. Ltd.

About NDS

NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/NASDAQ Europe:NNDS) is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and IP devices. See http://www.china.nds.com/ for more information about NDS.

1. Source: Statistic Bureau of Zhejiang Province, March 2003 at webpage:

http://www.zj.stats.gov.cn/content

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to the plans, projections or future performance of NDS, which involve certain risks and uncertainties, including risk of market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, possible regulatory changes, technological developments, the impact of competitive pricing and the ability of NDS and its commercial partners to develop systems and solutions which meet the needs of the broadcasting industry in a timely and cost-efficient manner, as well as certain other risks and uncertainties which are detailed in NDS’ filings with the SEC. Company or product names have been used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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