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DirecTV Reups With NDS for Set-Top Software

COSTA MESA, CALIF. — DirecTVinked a five-year
contract extension with NDS Group for set-top
box software and digital video recorder technology
through January 2016.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
NDS first began supplying DirecTV with set-top
and DVR software in 2005. Under a separate
deal, which runs through June 2013, NDS provides
conditional-access technology and services
to DirecTV.

DirecTV and NDS are former corporate cousins
within Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. empire,
before News completed the deal to sell its stake
in DirecTV to Liberty Media in early 2008. NDS
went private in early 2009 and is now owned
by Permira Funds and News Corp.

BigBand’s Oz Resigns As CTO

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — BigBand Networks, a provider
of switched digital video systems, said chief
technology officer and co-founder Ran Oz will step
down from his management role but remain with
the company in a “reduced capacity.”

Oz, who also is resigning from BigBand’s board
of directors, will remain with the company as a
technology strategy adviser, BigBand said. The
company also appointed Erez Rosen, founder of
the Rosen Group, a financial consulting firm based
in Tel Aviv, Israel, to its board.