Buyer Beware! Are you sure it’s not an illicit streaming device?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday were the peak shopping days ahead of the festive holidays. Bargains galore for consumers. A bonanza for online retailers as well as pirates! With the increased professionalism of pirates, some consumers may not realize they’ve bought an illicit streaming device (ISD).

Legal but modified
Over the years we’ve seen that the most popular devices exploited by pirates are

The A-E of eSports

For some, the steady growth of eSports is no surprise. For others, they’re just starting to hear about it. With phrases like: “is eSports the future?”; “eSports industry is booming”, it’s worth looking at why there’s so much hype surrounding it.
Put simply, eSports is competitive or professional gaming. Players battle it out to go up the rankings and win prize money. And that’s big business?

A game changing watermark for live sports

Watermarking is an essential part of any anti-piracy program. More now than ever, as pirates have started to remove the broadcaster’s logo from the stream. But with a unique robust watermark, you’re able to identify the source of leaked content, even when the logo is obfuscated. What’s more, there’s a different flavor of watermarking depending on your needs. And now there’s a new revolutionary watermark available.

The fight isn’t over…

As we have seen countless times in the past, consumer demand for live sports is at an all-time high. This content makes it both a key differentiator for pay TV operators and a cornerstone for pirates. These illegal service providers offer thousands of sites providing illegal live sports content attracting millions of viewers. In addition, the eagerness of consumers to watch live sports content means that they not only require, but expect an optimal viewing experience.

IBC 2017: 8K on the horizon, AI and security everywhere

Here are some key take-aways from IBC 2017.

8K approaches normalization
The security of 4K UHD content is currently high on the agenda of content owners everywhere and 8K is already coming into view on the horizon. After more than a decade of development and regular appearances in IBC’s Future Zone, NHK is approaching the finishing line with its 8K broadcasting system.

Is Housejacking the next big threat to pay TV?

Cable companies, pay TV operators and telcos are often called service providers for the principal reason that they are not selling media and entertainment – they are selling a service. One of the most valuable assets they hold is a direct physical link into people’s homes and an ongoing monthly billing relationship.

From a pure business perspective that means anything a service provider can leverage to boost bandwidth usage and ARPU is fair game.

The role of AI in content protection

The threat of illegal content redistribution really cannot be underestimated. That’s the consensus from yesterday’s IBC Conference technical paper session on cyber and content security.

So let’s look at some facts – according to Irdeto data from late last year, there were more than 2.7 million advertisements on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba for illicit content streaming devices.

Android conquered mobile, now how about TV?

Crossing the showfloor at IBC 2017 this week will be CTOs of telcos and pay TV providers from Europe and beyond, diligently investigating whether to deploy their service on Android TV. They would be in good company. As of mid-2017, Irdeto reports more than 20 well-known deployments around the world.

Undeniably part of the attraction is the middleware’s support for both broadcast and OTT services.