Android for STBs: What every pay TV operator should know

Launching a pay TV platform typically requires 2-3 years’ development to create a customized user experience based on proprietary middleware with continuous updates throughout the STB lifetime. It’s slow, expensive and requires specialist developers, but operators get the UX they choose. Google’s AOSP and Android TV are shaking up this status quo. Android rose from zero to global dominance of mobile markets in under seven years, so it’s little wonder this disruptor is being taken seriously.

What will it take for the media industry to unite against online pirates?

The availability of high quality content and broadband access becoming the norm is making online pirates’ lives a lot easier. Content owners, sports rights holders and operators are taking steps to address this problem. But is it enough to have the impact needed to curb the rising tide of piracy?

Disruption affecting studios
Studio’s revenue comes not only from box office performance but also from a complex system of staggered releases…

Consumer piracy survey insights for pay-media operators

The Irdeto global consumer piracy survey is the largest ever conducted. With over 25,000 adults across 30 countries participating, it provides unique insight into the dynamics of online piracy. Comparing the youngest age group (18-24) and the oldest group (over 55) we can see the differences but also some surprising similarities.

There’s lots that we can pull from the extensive data, but let’s just focus on a couple of angles.

Think perimeter security is enough? Think again…

Most of the data breaches you hear about these days are assessed from the server side. Take a recent incident in the financial services industry—a serious malware attack on the Polish banking sector that was tied to a campaign targeting organizations in more than 30 countries. In this case, a web application was infected with malicious code that spread from workstation to workstation. The malware was injected on the server side and then spread to clients using JavaScript embedded in the website. The truth is, this type of attack is the easiest to prevent.

The European Banking Authority warns against Man-in-the-Middle attacks

As discussed in a previous blog, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has released the final draft of its technical guidance for PSD2. Articles 4 and 25 of said guidance include mandates for the security of the customer authentication process.

One of the key elements of the authentication mandate is the requirement to use advanced security technology to safeguard all client-to-server communications against interception. In other words, to protect against MitM (Man-in-the-Middle) attacks.

Signs you’re being out-marketed by the online pirates

I’m sure Hubspot’s Brian Halligan was addressing legal companies when he said: “The only way to be successful in growing your business and revenue streams is to match how you market your products with the way in which the prospective clients are learning about and shopping for the products.” Yet, online pirates have definitely taken his message to heart. Have you?
Connecting with your consumers
It’s clear just looking around, we’re addicted to being online. Just as technology has made the world more connected, it’s also increased the number of places consumers are hit with marketing messages.