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China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (CDTV Holding), incorporated on April 19, 2007, is a holding company. The Company is a provider of conditional access (CA) systems to the People's Republic of China's (PRC) digital television market. The Company is engaged in the provision of cloud-based application platforms and CA systems. The Company's CA systems, including smart cards, head-end software for television network operators and terminal-end licensing for set-top box manufacturers, enable digital television network operators in the PRC to control the distribution of content and value-added services to their subscribers and block unauthorized access to their networks. The Company has installed CA systems at approximately 450 digital television network operators in approximately 31 of over 32 provinces, autonomous regions and centrally administered municipalities in the PRC.

The Company sells and provides integration service of digital television applications, such as electronic program guides (EPGs), and subscriber management systems (SMSs), to digital television network operators with certain hardware. It is also developing and commercializing certain solutions and products, including value-added digital television services, cloud computing technology-based digital video delivery solutions and advanced digital television terminals. The Company also installs CA systems outside the PRC, including countries, such as Myanmar, India, Thailand and Venezuela. Its core products and services include end-to-end CA systems, including smart cards, head-end software and terminal-end licensing; other digital television application systems for television network operators, and other products. The Company also offers system integration services for television network operators who are digitalizing and installing its CA systems. As system integrators, the Company purchases additional hardware and software from third parties and integrates it with the Company's CA systems software.

CA Systems

The Company's CA systems consist of software that is installed at the premises of the television network operator, or the head end; technology in a set-top box at the subscriber's end, or the terminal end, and smart cards that are inserted into the set-top boxes. Its CA systems also support or offer various functions, such as video on demand, near video-on-demand, push video-on-demand, personal video recorder, parental control, location control, e-wallets, messaging and upgrades. Its smart cards are manufactured by third-party manufacturers based on its blueprints, and then are encoded by the Company on its premises.

CDTV Holding's head-end software includes an entitlement management message generator, which notifies the smart card whether the subscriber is entitled to view a program or not; an entitlement control message generator, which sends messages that the set-top box uses to unscramble the digital television signal, and encryption software, which encrypts the outgoing messages. Its head-end software also includes simulcryption software that allows network operators to install parallel CA systems from various vendors. It sells the license of CA systems terminal-end technology to whichever set-top box manufacturer has been chosen by its customer to produce set-top boxes compatible with its CA systems.

Other Digital Television Application Systems for Television Network Operators

The Company's other digital television application systems for television network operators include SMSs, EPGs, Screen Cross, Cyber Cloud Platform and Internet protocol quadrature amplitude modulation (IPQAM). Its SMS is compatible with the CA systems of other vendors, and the Company sells it on a stand-alone basis, as well as packaged with its CA systems. Its EPG is an on-screen guide to the programs and services available to subscribers. Screen Cross is a digital television broadcast system developed for mobile devices, which transmits digital television programs through channels in the digital television broadcast system to the Screen Cross gateway, then to mobile devices through wireless local area network (WLAN). Its Cyber Cloud Platform provides cloud computing technology-based digital video delivery solutions to television network operators. IPQAM is a high density and edge modulator.

Other Products

The Company sells other products sourced from third-party suppliers, such as surface-mounted device chips. Surface-mounted device chips are of similar function as smart cards, except that surface-mounted device chips are not embedded in plastic cards.

The Company competes with Irdeto Access B.V., NDS Limited, DVN Holdings Ltd. and Sumavision Technologies Co., Ltd.

Company Address

China Digital TV Holding Co Ltd

Jingmeng High-Tech Building B
4Th Floor, No.5 Shangdi East Roa
BEIJING   BEJ   100085
P: +8610.62971199
F: +8610.62975009

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