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February 21, 1989

RUPERT MURDOCH TO USE SMART CARDS DEVELOPED BY NEWS DATA

By CBR Staff Writer

If Sky Television ever lives up to its name, the concept of the embedded microprocessor Smart Card could get a big boost: when Rupert Murdoch’s UK satellite TV system introduces a subscription service in the autumn, it plans to issue subscribers with Smart Cards to record their usage of the system; according to the Financial Times, the cards have been developed by an Israeli company, News Data Corp, in which News International Plc has a 60% stake; the paper says the cards will be manufactured in the UK by a joint venture with a French company which is not Thomson SA, manufacturer of the signal unscramblers.

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