SureWest Selects Irdeto Access Technology for New IP -Based Video Network

As SureWest expands its infrastructure to include IP delivery of video programming, Irdeto Access provides us with high-quality content security and conditional access technologies to address the needs of this new platform

IBC2003, AMSTERDAM - - September 12, 2003 - - Irdeto Access, a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN and JSE: NPN) and a world leader in content protection and management, today announced that integrated communications provider SureWest Communications (NASDAQ: SURW) has signed an agreement to purchase Irdeto Access' conditional access technologies to support transmission of digital video and video -on -demand (VOD) programming over its new IP -based video network.


"As SureWest expands its infrastructure to include IP delivery of video programming, Irdeto Access provides us with high -quality content security and conditional access technologies to address the needs of this new platform for both broadcast television and video -on -demand multiplatform transmissions," said Bill DeMuth, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for SureWest. "SureWest looks forward to developing an ongoing relationship with Irdeto Access as we deploy our new IP -video service."

Under the terms of the agreement, Irdeto Access will provide Roseville, Calif. -based SureWest with the Irdeto PIsys large -scale conditional access system and Irdeto Access Content Protection for IP. The systems will be installed in fall 2003 and will be integrated into SureWest's fiber -to -the -home (FTTH) and DSL infrastructures for secure delivery of video programming. SureWest is one of the largest independent telcos to date to begin deployment of video over an IP network and will be one of the first in the United States to deploy video simultaneously over DSL and FTTH networks.

Irdeto PIsys is a platform -independent, pay -media conditional access solution. It provides support for multiple operators on multiple sectors, allowing operators on a single network to share an Irdeto PIsys system. Irdeto PIsys can be expanded to handle millions of subscribers as a business' needs develop and includes high -level industry -standard encryption, service or event filtering, configurable bandwidth usage, and IRD fingerprinting, among other features.

Irdeto Access Content Protection for IP is designed to provide the highest levels of protection possible against the theft of content, assets, and revenues. Optimized for operators requiring secure deployment of premium video over DSL and FTTH, it features real -time encryption for superior security; session -based encryption including limited -life keys and encryption of individual VOD sessions; and a secure client architecture. Irdeto Access Content Protection for IP is scalable, easy -to -use, reliable, and affordable.

"We are delighted that SureWest has chosen Irdeto Access as a key technology provider in securing its content over its FTTH and DSL video networks. IPTV is an important market sector to us, and Surewest is a pioneer in that segment.," said Graham Kill, CEO of Irdeto Access.

Irdeto Access will demonstrate its content protection for IP solution at IBC2003, stand 1.451, Sept. 12 to 16 in Amsterdam.

About SureWest Communications With nearly 90 years in northern California, SureWest Communications and its family of companies represents an integrated network of highly reliable, advanced communications products and services with the highest standards of customer care. Founded as Roseville Telephone Company, the company has expanded to provide digital cable TV, fiber optics, PCS wireless, DSL, high -speed Internet access, data transport, local and long -distance telephone service, and directories. For more information, visit the SureWest Web site at www.surewest.com.

About Irdeto Access Irdeto Access, a subsidiary of Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN and JSE: NPN), a multinational media group, is a world leader in technology for the securing of content from concept to consumer. Irdeto Access specializes in designing, developing, and marketing end -to -end solutions to manage and protect content from unauthorized access in both the television broadcast and Internet environments.

Irdeto Access has been providing encryption technology for more than 30 years and was first to launch an MPEG -2/DVB -compliant digital conditional access (CA) system. Irdeto Access developed a compact CA system, Irdeto M -Crypt, for small - to medium -size operations and a complete CA system, Irdeto PIsys, for medium to large operations.

Irdeto Access was first to market with technology for secure Internet Protocol multicast scrambling with its Irdeto CypherCast product.

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