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.

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.

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?

CMAF and MPEG DASH – the Holy Grail of OTT?

MPEG DASH has widely been described as “the future” of streaming and both “essential” and “inevitable” for OTT operators. But is it really the Holy Grail of internet-delivered content? The answer is: not yet.

Sure, using MPEG DASH offers the possibility of significant cost savings for operators aiming to reach the maximum number of device types. They no longer need to create and store multiple streaming formats to reach multiple screen types. But with Apple still stubbornly requiring…

MPEG DASH: The fast lane to reducing cost

Operating a pay TV service used to be (relatively) simple: encode your content, then encrypt and deliver it with a key over closed networks to set top boxes. But the road to a TV Everywhere offering is much more difficult, with roadblocks driving up total cost of ownership.

A tricky road to TV Everywhere
There are many barriers to combining pay media services on broadcast and OTT. Content now has to be encoded, encrypted and stored in multiple resolutions, using different containers and DRM combinations.

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.