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.

Grow your OTT business despite credentials sharing

Sure, people share their Netflix – or your OTT service – user names and passwords with their buddies and families. Or their credentials get stolen and posted on the internet for illegal use. But is this a “solvable” problem, in the practical sense of the word? Or can you grow your OTT service despite credentials sharing?

Credentials sharing isn’t necessarily Darth Vader in the OTT galaxy
Trying to solve the “credentials sharing problem” is an impressive goal, but possibly a wasteful one and a diversion from the real problem – service abuse.

Maintaining control in an unmanaged world

New content protection requirements around premium content are upping the ante for delivery to unmanaged devices. Many of these requirements we’ve come to expect in managed devices, but with the emergence of OTT services the requirements have softened to accommodate the app on CE device consumption model.

Ultimately many of these security components including hardware root of trust or hardware decode pipeline exist on most CE devices.

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…

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.

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.

Are online pirates your invisible competition?

We all know the pay-media world is changing. Old business models are under pressure. Digital viewing habits are relegating TV to the 2nd screen. Industry experts all talk about who will triumph in this flux. One ‘brand’ which you rarely see as a serious contender: Online Pirates. But why not?

The usual suspects
Never before have consumers had so much affordable content so easily accessible. The technology advancements opened the door for OTT providers and content owners to go direct to consumers.