Will the TV ever replace the STB?

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Despite ongoing predictions of cord cutting/shaving, STBs still securely deliver pay-TV content into the majority of homes. But TVs are becoming smarter by the day and device manufacturers would rather sell a new TV than a “cheap” STB. This is not new, but will this year be the one when the big screen wants a bigger role?

What would it take?
In essence the TV would need to take over all of the duties performed by the STB.

Are online pirates your invisible competition?

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We all know the pay-media world is changing. Old business models are under pressure. Digital viewing habits are relegating TV to the 2nd screen. Industry experts all talk about who will triumph in this flux. One ‘brand’ which you rarely see as a serious contender: Online Pirates. But why not?

The usual suspects
Never before have consumers had so much affordable content so easily accessible. The technology advancements opened the door for OTT providers and content owners to go direct to consumers.

Fighting online piracy requires collaboration

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Online piracy is a highly sophisticated operation that often spans different countries and jurisdictions. Trying to tackle this on your own will have limited effect. To have an impact means working together.

Hare and the tortoise
Online piracy is one of the biggest threats facing pay-media providers and content owners. It’s a growing pandemic problem and not easy to solve. Pirates are continually adapting. Unhindered by rules and regulations they move at internet speed.

Will the real pay-media disruptor please stand up?

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Just in time for 2017 predictions about the pay-media industry. Typically, there’s always something about disruptors. But let’s be frank, so far the so-called disruptors haven’t brought the industry to its knees. Isthe industry too resilient or is the real disruptor yet to make an entrance?

What got me thinking
Last Sunday, after a pleading text from my student son I transferred money to his account. It took 26 seconds to reach his account!

The anti-piracy enforcement toolbox

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Would you use a screwdriver to hammer a nail into a wall? Not very effective. It’s the wrong tool for the job. The same is true in the world of anti-piracy. You need the right tools and services for the different threats.

Understanding what you need
Online pirates are continually adapting. Unhindered by rules and regulations pirates move at internet speed. Too effectively fight online piracy means keeping up to date with their latest activities.

Seeing cybercrime as a business helps to fuel new combat strategies

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Picture Bob. He thinks he’s figured out how to avoid paying for cable TV by watching programs streamed from pirate websites. One day, he’s watching a live football broadcast and ten minutes into the game, he loses all access. His screen goes blank. Is ruining the user experience on pirated sites a new combat strategy?

Seeing it differently
Degrading user experience may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering how to combat cybercrime.

Consolidation: what the press release doesn’t tell you

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Consolidation within the media industry shows no sign of stopping. It’s happening on both sides: vendors and customers. When it comes to security vendor consolidation why is it important to look beyond the press release?

The beat goes on
Hearing about vendor consolidation or rumored consolidation is common place. It’s part and parcel of our industry.

Learning lessons from the pay-media industry

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What can the automotive industry learn from pay-media? They’re so different. For one personal safety is paramount and for the other it’s all about entertaining consumers. Worlds apart? Not at all when it comes to cybercrime. For cybercrime these differences don’t matter.

Starting out
Just as the internet plays a pivotal role in the media industry, its growing in importance for automotive.

Giving live sports piracy the red card

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For live sports, speed is the name of the game when it comes to fighting online pirates. After all the value of the sports content is at its highest while it is being broadcast. What’s the winning game plan to get the pirates sent off as soon as possible?

Live sports broadcasts attract a lot of eyeballs and big advertising dollars. It’s not surprising then that they are a primary target for pirate services.

A changing attitude towards watermarking

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Watermarking is not new. The technology, which embeds an invisible unique mark to identify the source of pirated content, has been around for a while. Critics have said it was a solution looking for a problem. Well look no more.

Technology vendors like Irdeto have sold watermarking solutions over the years, mainly to content owners wishing to identify leaks in the distribution channel. This is changing.