2 sides of forensic watermarking

Forensic watermarking is an essential part of any anti-piracy program. The best approach is an end-2-end solution, combining watermarking technology with proactive detection and enforcement services. Yet we’re seeing a distinct split in how watermarking is implemented. Content owners and pay-media providers sometimes see things differently.

Both sides
Let’s start with the product.

What lessons can pay-media operators learn from online retail?

With consumers as the common denominator, it’s not surprising that similarities can be seen across some industries. In the media industry, the need for change to keep up with changing consumer demand is widely accepted. But what is the formula for success? Can any parallels be drawn with online retail?

Online’s disruptive nature
It was a Forbes article that made me think: ‘The inconvenient truth about e-commerce: it’s largely unprofitable’. It explains that e-commerce has been disruptive. The radical shift online is presenting challenges

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…

Will content ever be ‘everywhere’?

After lots of meetings with studios and operators at CES, a memory popped into my head. “Making camel-friendly packaging”. What on earth does that have to do with content?

Back in the day
I was a product manager for STBs. Our best distributor from Dubai faxed over (yes, it’s that long ago) a complaint. Too much packaging was negatively affecting his pipeline. How?

Will the TV ever replace the STB?

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.

Will the real pay-media disruptor please stand up?

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!

Consolidation: what the press release doesn’t tell you

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.

A changing attitude towards watermarking

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.

Looking at the role of CA today and in the future

Pay-TV operators have used CA since the 1990s to encrypt digital content. Over the years, CA has evolved, with Irdeto launching the first software based card-less CA in 2011. But does the CA technology still have a role to play going forward?

Looking back
CA started life in the analogue broadcast world. Its role was to scramble the video signal. With the evolution to digital broadcast, CA transformed to what you can call “true” conditional access with encryption.

What’s the secret to consumer choice in the online media world?

Some say that we are living in a new era of Television, I think that is true. Consumers have an ever expanding choice of content to view. And in today’s connected world, they have a wide array of channels, devices and apps at their disposal to watch their favorite program at any time and on any device. But how do incumbent pay-TV operators keep up?

No choice but to deliver
If the consumer can’t get what they want, they look elsewhere, and elsewhere is quite often the illegal alternatives.