WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND--(Marketwire - June 22, 2009) - TelstraClear has contracted two leading developers to deliver a next generation personal video recorder (PVR) for its cable television customers. IPTV solutions provider Digisoft and content security specialist Verimatrix will jointly develop a hybrid HD DVB-C set-top box with PVR, IPTV and supporting services that will be unmatched in New Zealand.

"The result will take our customers beyond present one-way broadcast methods to a solution that will allow us to move towards the new modes of delivering content and services that add value to our customers and enhance their experience," said Steve Jackson, head of Consumer Markets for TelstraClear. "Digisoft's roadmap along with that of Verimatrix, which is supported by the major movie and television studios, is clearly aligned with TelstraClear's vision of offering our customers market leading solutions."

The PVR will be future-proofed to deliver advanced interactive options. Digisoft's Digihost Service Delivery Platform and advanced Java middleware solution means TelstraClear is geared for feature-rich, revenue generating high definition (HD) services in the future.

"This partnership with TelstraClear clearly demonstrates the flexibility of Digisoft's solutions and we are very pleased to be working with them in delivering next generation services," says Tom Higgins, executive chairman, Digisoft.

The solution is fully integrated with the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for DVB, which enables TelstraClear to combine its broadcast network with interactive IP delivery using a single robust content security architecture. Verimatrix's software-based content security solution provides an attractive option for traditional broadcast operators that lack a direct return path -- all from a single head-end.

About Digisoft

Digisoft is a leading global provider of carrier class solutions to the IPTV and Media & Entertainment markets. Leveraging our years of experience in the Broadcast market, Digisoft delivers solutions from head-end to STB that allow operators to develop, test, manage and deploy advanced revenue generating services. Digisoft's scalable solutions reduce the CAPEX required to launch differentiating new services and increase ARPU.

Digisoft's DigiHost Service Delivery Platform combined with its Java based middleware technology gives operators an open, flexible and scalable solution that supports play-out of applications and service to set top boxes and PC Players in SD or HD.

Digisoft's eRental Movie Download Platform enables customers to download the latest high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) movies from an in-store kiosk to a portable storage device for later viewing on multiple devices in the home. Founded in 2000, Digisoft.tv is a privately held company with headquarters in Ireland and offices in USA, UK, Singapore and New Zealand. The company is backed by strategic investors. www.digisoft.tv

About TelstraClear

TelstraClear is New Zealand's leading voice and data company, providing innovative market leading products, services and customer focus to the business, government, wholesale and residential sectors. TelstraClear offers the country's first triple-play offer of voice, internet and digital TV services for residential customers in Wellington, Christchurch and Kapiti. TelstraClear is wholly owned by Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia's largest telecommunications company. www.telstraclear.co.nz

About Verimatrix

Verimatrix sets the standard for software-based content security and revenue enhancement technologies in pay-TV networks, with a global customer base of service providers. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) offers a suite of next-generation technologies that has been independently audited and ranked as the global leader in IPTV content protection. The company's 3-Dimensional Content Security approach, built around VCAS, enables secure delivery of content to multiple devices across multiple networks using multiple layers of protection techniques. Maintaining close relationships with major studios, broadcasters, industry organizations and partner ecosystem helps address the challenges facing pay-TV networks of today, and those of tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.verimatrix.com.