Investigators often get told to “follow the money”. The time has come to extend this approach to the fight against online piracy, as new Irdeto research reveals the scale at which payment platforms are being used to enable illegal streaming.
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.
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).
Pew Research’s recent study , found that 61% of young adults (18-29) using streaming services as their primary way to watch TV. Given that statistic you can see why site blocking is an important tool in the anti-piracy toolkit. But like the online pirates, it aims to block, it’s critical that site blocking also adapts and evolves.
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
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?
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.
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 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.
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…