Will the tech giants burst the value of content?

Will text giants burst the bubble of content value

Content is king! So much so that the tech giants (a.k.a FAANG – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) are allocating huge budgets to acquiring original content. They want to get into the TV space. But what does this mean for the pay-TV industry? Is it simply supply and demand? Or will inflating content values reach bursting point?

The pay-TV industry is continually evolving to meet the changing needs of its consumers.

Will landmark piracy case be a black cloud for CloudFlare?

Cloudflare anti-piracy case image of cloud burst over umbrella

All eyes are on the California District Court – particularly pirates’. Judge George Wu’s interim ruling shows CloudFlare’s defence won’t be a simple open-and-shut case. It’s added suspense normally only reserved for Hollywood court room dramas – not real life. Why is this being touted as a landmark case and what does it mean?

The case: In 2016, adult publisher ALS filed a complaint against Cloudflare (a US CDN provider).

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).

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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.

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.

Seconds count in disrupting illegal live streaming

The hacking of HBO may have stolen the headlines recently, and the unauthorized script, tweets or leak of high value content is of clear concern. But the industry also continues to have revenues threatened on a daily basis from illegal premium live streams. Live sports is content that is among the most targeted, particularly top-tier football, but premium sports across the board are risk.

Take the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight…

Is blockchain an accelerator of piracy?

There’s certainly hype around blockchain. Some believe that the distributed ledger and trustless consensus rules are revolutionary; with the potential to radically change existing business models. Yet, there’s also an association to a darker side. Will this innovative technology result in a proliferation of piracy?

One example of how business models could change is solutions like Livepeer.