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SKY TELEVISION SELECTS NDS FOR DIGITAL UPGRADE AND
LAUNCH OF FIRST PVR SERVICE IN NEW ZEALAND
Highlights:
• Latest versions of NDS end-to-end systems to be deployed by SKY Television, the
    leading pay TV operator in New Zealand, with over 619,000 subscribers.
• NDS appointed as prime systems integrator for SKY Television digital broadcast system
    upgrade.
• NDS XTV™ integrated personal TV system chosen as exclusive PVR solution.

Sydney, Australia – September 6, 2005 - NDS Group plc, the leading provider of technology
solutions for digital pay TV, today announced SKY Television of New Zealand is upgrading
their digital broadcasting system using the latest versions of NDS end-to-end solutions and
has selected NDS XTV to launch an integrated personal video recorder service. NDS
solutions have supported SKY Television since launch over 15 years ago, and this is the latest
step in the long-term relationship between the two companies.

Mr. John Fellet, Chief Executive Officer of SKY Television commented, “SKY Television
decided to undertake a systems upgrade to fulfill our goal of continuing improvements in the
services offered. NDS end-to-end systems are a key component of our business and will
enable SKY Television to offer an integrated personal video recorder service, putting us at the
leading edge of pay TV in New Zealand”

XTV integrated personal video recorder technology will enable time-shifted viewing by adding
local storage to the set-top box, enabling subscribers to watch what they want, when they
want. XTV will deliver SKY Television subscribers the most advanced personal video recorder
technology, integrated with the SKY’s digital service for added convenience such as one touch
recording. The new XTV electronic program guide will offer more features and intuitive ease
of use for booking, recording and viewing SKY Television services.

Mr. Peter Iles, General Manager of NDS Australia and New Zealand said, “The full suite of
NDS advanced digital broadcasting solutions will be deployed at SKY Television, and we are
pleased that SKY Television has chosen to continue our long-standing partnership.” He
continued, “With the deployment of XTV, SKY Television New Zealand will join other leading
global broadcasters, such as BSkyB, DIRECTV, FOXTEL, Sky Latin America and Viasat, in
offering the most advanced personal video recorder technology to their subscribers. Working
with these broadcasters, NDS invests in continuous development of our XTV technology, and
SKY will be able to leverage this investment for the benefit of their subscribers.”

About SKY Television
SKY Television (SKY), broadcasting via both UHF and DTH is New Zealand’s pre-eminent
pay TV operator, offering a wide range of sports, movies, music, on-demand and general
content across more than 80 channels. At end June 2005, it had 619,618 subscribers.

SKY launched as a three-channel UHF service in 1990, with two further channels added four
years later. SKY’s UHF signal reaches more than 83% of the country’s 1.5 million households.
In December 1998 it launched a digital DTH service, extending its reach to the whole country.
It presently offers pay-per-view movies, live events and interactive services including Skybet,
the Weather Channel, games channel Playin’ TV and motor vehicle retail guide Go Auto.




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With the establishment of a new on line DVD rental service and in December 2005, a new set
top box incorporating a personal video recorder, SKY is positioned to bring the New Zealand
viewer even more entertainment options. See http://www.skytv.co.nz for more information.

About NDS
NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/Euronext Brussels: NNDS), a majority owned subsidiary of News
Corporation, is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure
delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and IP devices. See
http://www.nds.com/ for more information about NDS.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These statements based on management’s views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as
of the time the statements are made. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to the changes in global
economic business, competitive market and regulatory factors. More detailed information about these and other factors that
could affect future results is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The “forward-looking
statements” included in this document are made only as of the date of this document and we do not have any obligation to
publicly update any “forward-looking statements” to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Contact for NDS
Diane Powers                                Margot Field                                Tony O’Brien
NDS Asia Pacific                            NDS Group                                   SKY Television
Tel: +852 2201 9151                         Tel: +44 (0) 20 8476 8158                   Tel: +61 9 579 9999




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