If it wasn’t already clear from the all UHD HDR FIFA World Cup, it should be clear from the show floor and conference debate here at IBC2018 that the industry is seeing real momentum in 4K UHD content. As a result, the need for robust protection and tracking of high value content is even more important and this is the main driver for watermarking.
Many Pay TV operators rely on visual marks or “HashCodes” to fingerprint their content so they can trace piracy leaks to the source. But Irdeto investigations have found tools that help pirates remove these marks openly on sale for less than $2,000. So, what’s the alternative?
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.
We live in an always connected world. So much so that in The Netherlands they’ve put the red ‘don’t walk’ light on the ground as people are so engrossed looking down at their mobile device. If you ask how wireless connectivity can be improved: it’s faster download, quicker response and more reliable connection. According to its promise 5G will deliver all that and more! Great news for consumers. But will it be the cybercriminals who are real winners?
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.
Another IBC has come and gone. Who would believe it – this year was my 15th in a row! How did it compare? As you’d expect with a mature industry there was much the same, but it was refreshing to see some differences. See if you agree with my reflections?
Walking into Hall 1, you experience that wave of excitement and
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…
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.
Let’s start with the product.
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
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.