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NDS, News Corp.'s TV technology unit, said its U.S. subsidiary has been served with subpoenas requesting documents in connection with an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's office in San Diego.

In a statement, NDS said the investigation involves allegations similar to those made by Canal Plus Technologies and EchoStar and Nagra, EchoStar's conditional access technology provider. The companies have charged that NDS attempted to hack into their respective conditional access systems, a charge NDS has repeatedly denied as baseless. Conditional access systems allow viewers to receive their pay-TV programming.

Canal Plus Technologies agreed this week to suspend all proceedings pending the closing of a merger between Italian TV platforms controlled by News Corp. and Vivendi Universal, which controls Canal Plus. EchoStar moved to intervene in the Canal Plus action two days before the agreement was singed between the companies.

In its legal filing sent to the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, EchoStar alleged that NDS was attempting to pirate technology "intended to facilitate the reception and decryption of EchoStar's encrypted satellite-delivered television programming service by persons not authorized to receive such programming."

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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