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Tuesday 27th April 2021

Watch this NAB Show Premier presentation by Andrew Pope (Senior Solutions Architect, Friend MTS) to learn about the new generation of ASiD, advanced subscriber identification forensic watermarking and content monitoring solutions: ASiD Embedded, enhanced ASiD OTT Client-composited, enhanced ASiD OTT Edge-switched, new A/B Variant solution Find out which watermarking solution is the most suitable for […]

Thursday 22nd April 2021

ASiD OTT Edge-Switched Safeguards Premium Live and VOD Content from Illegal Redistribution PHILADELPHIA, PA & BIRMINGHAM, UK – April 22, 2021 – Friend MTS, a leading global provider of content protection services, today announced an expanded partnership with Akamai, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences. The companies will now offer content […]

Thursday 25th March 2021

While content owners, broadcasters, and service providers are developing new content and services to satisfy the ever-growing market demand for high-quality video entertainment, the number and quality of pirate IPTV services are growing too. Our end-to-end security solutions are constantly evolving to effectively and proactively disrupt illegal redistribution of premium sports and movies on a […]

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Content Owners, Broadcasters, and Operators Tackle Real-World Piracy At-Scale with End-to-End Technology PHILADELPHIA, PA & BIRMINGHAM, UK – March 24, 2021 – Friend MTS, a leading global provider of content protection services, has launched 4th Generation ASiD, an enhanced and extended set of subscriber-level watermarking solutions that address a wide range of content protection scenarios […]

Monday 1st March 2021

Watch our fireside chat or download the full white paper – click the Download PDF button below Platform responsibility and online harms have become big talking points among policy makers and the political community in recent years. While the debates continue, it’s clear that the regulation of online platforms is going to increase in the […]

Thursday 25th February 2021

Watch the “Defending OTT Growth – Piracy, Password Sharing and Beyond” panel session at the StreamTV Growth Virtual Summit 2021 with Brad Parobek talking about the importance of effective proven anti-piracy solutions that allow broadcasters, content owners, and service providers to cut piracy at the source and disrupt multiple reseller pirates. Learn who pirates are, […]

Wednesday 16th December 2020

Watch Brad Parobek’s presentation “Blocking the Pirate in the Room – Subscribers Aren’t the Only Ones Anxiously Awaiting New Releases” at the MESA CDSN Content Protection Summit. Learn who these pirates are, why they are waiting for the high-value content to show up on the home screens and what consequences it all has for content […]

Friday 4th December 2020

Watch the “Outmanoeuvring the Pirates” panel session at the SportsPro OTT Summit 2020 with Simon Hanna talking about the most effective anti-piracy technologies available for broadcasters, content owners, and service providers today. Learn what areas Friend MTS have been focusing on recently to ensure proactive action can be taken against pirate subscription services and to […]

Thursday 5th November 2020

In the continually evolving OTT world, savvy pirates are implementing new and advanced methods to steal valuable content – to the tune of more than $67 billion (USD) in value by 2023. Another report from ABI Research estimates that more than 17% of worldwide video streaming users access content illegally. We also know that launching […]

Friday 30th October 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA & BIRMINGHAM, UK – October 29, 2020 – Friend MTS, a leading global provider of content protection services, today announced a new partner program and the appointment of Dennis Scott, Director, Channel Sales, to drive the effort and engage with the company’s high-profile media partners and customers that include content owners, broadcasters and […]

Friday 16th October 2020

Piracy occurs at all levels of video streaming, from illegal downloads to screen captures. How can an OTT provider overcome these issues? Fortunately, there’s a good answer: with a mixed balance of back-end solutions including digital rights management (DRM), watermarking, and/or client-hardening. As a part of a multi-post series between partners Bitmovin, FriendMTS, and Intertrust […]

Friday 25th September 2020

Watch this IABM presentation by Alan Ogilvie (Lead Product Manager, Friend MTS) to find out what a well-architected end-to-end content protection solution that enables effective anti-piracy looks like, in particular: why OTT and streaming services need to protect their premium content beyond digital rights management (DRM) systems; why forensic video watermarking is a crucial part […]

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Review and analysis of known real-world attacks on subscriber watermarking solutions A subscriber-level watermarking solution coupled with a large-scale content monitoring is a highly effective anti-piracy measure that allows content owners and distributors to fully protect their content and revenue from theft beyond digital rights management (DRM) systems. In order to provide customers with the […]

Thursday 10th September 2020

Pirates are always developing new ways to attack OTT content. In our second fireside chat of the “How to Trust Your Player” series, Intertrust, Bitmovin and Friend MTS shares insights on different methods of attack, and how you can protect your content from piracy using DRM. Watch the video to find out (18.5 min).

Thursday 10th September 2020

To help guide you in building and implementing an effective, protected OTT service, Bitmovin, Friend MTS and Intertrust have come together to share best practices on how to make sure your end-users are as trustworthy as the technology you’ve implemented. Join us, in our first of four Fireside Chats, as we discuss how viewership has […]

Monday 10th August 2020

In terms of significant financial damages for legitimate content owners and distributors, commercial piracy presents a very real threat. This illegal activity is becoming ever more sophisticated and better organised. Complex pirate ecosystems that comprise a whole host of different illegal players supporting and profiting from illegitimate redistribution of premium content are known to use […]

Wednesday 29th July 2020

BIRMINGHAM, UK – July 20, 2020 – Friend MTS, a leading global provider of content protection services, today announced it has joined The Digital Production Partnership (DPP), an international media industry organization and business network. In DPP’s global effort to bring customers and suppliers together to solve problems and create opportunities across the whole content […]

Friday 19th June 2020

In this IABM TV interview, Chris White (Operations Director, Friend MTS) discusses some of the piracy trends he is currently seeing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Chris provides his answers to the following questions: 1. What piracy trends are you seeing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis? 2. With some live sports […]

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Watch our fireside chat or download the full series – click the Download PDF button below The scale and complexity of the contemporary piracy landscape should not be underestimated. This three-part series of articles explains why it is not enough to implement a digital rights management system and what solutions need to be in place […]

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

With traditional content protection measures like conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) systems, valuable premium content is safeguarded from theft only until the point of its consumption. As the next level of content protection aimed at securing premium sports and entertainment content from the point of its consumption, subscriber watermarking is a powerful […]

Thursday 14th May 2020

Watch this NAB Express presentation by Alan Ogilvie (Lead Product Manager, Friend MTS) to learn why content owners and distributors should consider incorporating subscriber-level watermarking to fully protect their premium content from illegal redistribution and what the key differences between two watermarking technologies used for streaming media are (17 min).

Thursday 6th February 2020

DRM technology specialist Intertrust and content protection service provider Friend MTS are extending their partnership agreement that enhances Intertrust’s ExpressPlay content protection platform with Friend MTS anti-piracy and watermarking technology services. Now, an additional layer of protection is introduced that is complementary to the ExpressPlay content security suite, which features ExpressPlay DRM and ExpressPlay XCA. […]

Thursday 12th December 2019

Watch the “Protecting IP” panel session at the SportsPro OTT Summit 2019 in Madrid where Simon Hanna speaks of the importance for content owners and operators to act now to stop piracy and protect revenue (30 min)

Friday 13th September 2019

Content and revenue protection specialist Friend MTS has revealed an agreement with Akamai, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, to join the company’s Media Technology Partner Programme (MTPP). By combining forces, Friend MTS will integrate its ASiD watermarking technology with Akamai’s Stream Revocation service to enable near-instantaneous termination of streams to […]

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Simon Hanna shares how Friend MTS goes about combatting streaming piracy: Assessing consumption patterns and identifying sources of piracy.

Friday 14th June 2019

Learn how streaming piracy consumption can be accurately measured over internet service provider (ISP) networks so its impact on your business can be assessed. Download PDF

Thursday 30th May 2019

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, today announced a deal extension with United Media, proprietor of the most popular cable channels in Southeast Europe, to continue to provide anti-piracy protection for its premium sports content. United Media is part of United Group, the leading telecommunications and media platform in Southeast Europe which operates […]

Thursday 18th April 2019

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, will highlight its new Piracy-iQ service for measuring streaming piracy consumption, along with its latest multi-layer watermarking capabilities, at SportsPro Live (London, April 30 – May 1 2019). “Friend MTS will be presenting at SportsPro Live to explain the threat from streaming piracy to the sports television […]

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Watch a NAB 2019 CMiP interview with Simon Hanna about the threat of streaming piracy and our service launches at the show (8 mins).

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Watch a NAB 2019 CMiP theatre presentation by Neil Sharpe about combining content protection with tight subscriber management (20 mins).

Friday 5th April 2019

Friend MTS, the Emmy Award-winning content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that it has brought premium content security to Android TV by integrating its ASiD subscriber-level watermarking with Oregan Networks’ Android TV Operator Tier solution. The ASiD subscriber-level watermarking solution for Android Operator Tier platforms allows service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively identify illegal […]

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Friend MTS, the Emmy Award-winning content and revenue protection specialist for many of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, today announced the launch of Piracy-iQ, a groundbreaking service for measuring streaming piracy consumption over internet service provider (ISP) networks that allows content owners, programmers and pay TV providers to assess the impact of piracy on […]

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Learn how you can transform the piracy landscape in just weeks with Friend MTS’ battle-hardened ASiD watermarking and global monitoring.

Thursday 14th February 2019

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, will highlight its ultra-robust, third-generation ASiD watermarking and global monitoring service at the Sports Anti-Piracy Summit 2019 (Mexico City, Mexico, February 20-21). “Video piracy is a huge and growing threat to the sports industry but it’s not an insurmountable problem,” said Simon Hanna, Partnerships Director at Friend […]

Thursday 24th January 2019

Watch a preview of the Sports Anti-Piracy Summit 2019 (Mexico City, Feb 20-21 2019), featuring keynote speaker Simon Hanna, Partnerships Director, who will be explaining the challenge of streaming piracy and how it can be stopped.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Friend MTS, the Emmy Award winning content and revenue protection specialist, will be showcasing its latest multi-layer watermarking for strengthened national and international protection against streaming piracy at NAB 2019 (booth SU8921). Based on its Distribution iD and ASiD managed services, the multi-layer watermarking and content monitoring strengthens security for content owners in domestic markets. […]

Wednesday 12th December 2018

The Emmy Award winning content and revenue protection specialist, Friend MTS has appointed Brad Parobek as its new Senior Vice President (SVP) Sales Americas. The role will see Parobek head-up current operations within North and South America to drive overall strategy and regional growth.  With over 31 years of experience working within complex environments such as […]

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, will be highlighting its third generation, ultra-robust ASiD watermarking and global monitoring service at the Asia Video Summit 2018 (Hong Kong, October 29 – Nov 1 2018, stand B03). “In the last year, we’ve seen an increase in the number of pirates using more sophisticated video manipulation […]

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, will be highlighting its third generation, ultra-robust ASiD watermarking and global channel monitoring service at Sportel 2018 (Monaco, October 22-24 2018, stand A58). “Stopping streaming piracy of live sports is becoming more challenging as pirates start to adopt more sophisticated techniques for redistributing content,” said Justin Paul, […]

Monday 17th September 2018

Friend MTS, the Emmy Award winning content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that Intertrust, a leader in trusted distributed computing, has integrated ASiD OTT subscriber-level watermarking with its ExpressPlay DRM client SDK and multi-DRM service to provide an ultra-secure and fast-to-market, Over the Top TV (OTT) video player solution. “We’re delighted to welcome Friend […]

Thursday 30th August 2018

Friend MTS, the Emmy Award winning content and revenue protection specialist, today announced the launch of ASiD OTT, which combines third generation, ultra-robust subscriber-level watermarking with global content monitoring. It delivers highly responsive security for the latest 4K/UHD and HDR content, as well as HD/SD channels, by stopping content theft in just minutes. ASiD OTT […]

Thursday 9th August 2018

Friend MTS, a content and revenue protection specialist, today announced interoperability with its Distribution iD watermarking and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elemental MediaConvert to provide an added layer of security against streaming piracy for on-demand video. The invisible, distributor-level watermarking, along with Friend MTS’ global content monitoring service, enables providers of on-demand content to gather […]

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that DIRECTV in Latin America selected the company’s services to provide protection against streaming piracy for its sports channels. The deployment has included the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™ and will include the Premier League and LaLiga Santander. “We take content security […]

Monday 30th July 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, will be showcasing its 4K/UHD ASiD watermarking and global channel monitoring service at IBC 2018 (14 – 18 September 2018, stand 1.A58). Designed for broadcast and OTT applications, this will be the IBC debut of the 4K/UHD service. The ASiD service is the most widely deployed subscriber-level […]

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that it has been selected by the World Boxing Super Series to provide security against streaming piracy for the upcoming Cruiserweight final, which will take place in Moscow on July 21 2018. Said Comosa AG: “With a major Pay-Per-View (PPV) event like the World Boxing […]

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that it has appointed Simon Williamson as Chief Commercial Officer to drive global business growth. Williamson’s key priorities are to support Friend MTS’ fast growing business in North America and APAC, and to further strengthen the company’s position as a world leader in content protection […]

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that its ASiD subscriber watermarking has completed rigorous robustness tests that were performed by Cartesian, the independent security consultancy. The watermark robustness tests were compiled by Cartesian over a period of 12 months through a series of discussions with all major Hollywood studios, MovieLabs and […]

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, has announced that castLabs, a global pioneer in premium digital video technology, has joined the ASiD Watermarking Partner Program to better protect premium content from streaming piracy on OTT connected devices. “Integrating Friend MTS’ ASiD subscriber watermarking within our PRESTOplay video player SDKs, alongside our DRMtoday DRM […]

Monday 30th April 2018

Please join our live webinar on May 3 2018 to learn about protecting OTT premium content from streaming piracy. Hosted jointly with Jscrambler, this educational webinar will explain the following: The growing challenge of streaming piracy for OTT providers How content theft can be stopped in minutes with global monitoring and subscriber level watermarking The […]

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, has launched a 4K/UHD variant of its ASiD service, the world’s most widely deployed subscriber level watermarking, to protect premium sports and entertainment content from streaming piracy sourced from set-top boxes and OTT players. The ASiD global monitoring and watermarking service is highly automated to allow scaling […]

Friday 6th April 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that it has launched an ASiD Watermarking Partner Program to accelerate the adoption of the most widely used video watermarking service for premium sports and entertainment providers. The first technology partners to join the program are the leading OTT video player solution providers VisualOn, NexPlayer […]

Thursday 29th March 2018

Content and revenue protection specialist Friend MTS announced today that it has been chosen by United Media, proprietor of the most popular cable channels in Southeast Europe, to provide advanced antipiracy solutions. United Media is part of United Group, the leading telecommunications and media platform in Southeast Europe operating in all six countries of former […]

Thursday 29th March 2018

Learn how you can stop streaming piracy in minutes with Friend MTS’ ASiD global channel monitoring and subscriber watermarking service. It’s the ultimate content and revenue protection service

Monday 26th March 2018

The huge success of premium live sports has made it a primary target for streaming piracy. This educational application note explains the challenges posed by piracy, and how it can be tackled decisively using worldwide channel monitoring and subscriber-level watermarking.

Monday 26th March 2018

Watch our video to learn how you can stop streaming piracy in minutes with Friend MTS’ ASiD global channel monitoring and subscriber watermarking service. It’s the ultimate content and revenue protection service.

Monday 12th March 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, has announced that it will be honoured with an Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Emmy Award recipients will be honoured at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards that will take place in partnership […]

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Friend MTS, the content and revenue protection specialist, today announced that it will launch a 4K/UHD variant of its ASiD service, the most widely deployed subscriber level watermarking in the world, at the NAB 2018 show, Las Vegas. The new 4K/UHD ASiD service is designed for broadcast and OTT applications, and includes global channel monitoring […]

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Friend MTS, the pioneer in the creation and provision of content protection services and anti-piracy solutions, and the global leader in building online video businesses, Piksel, have announced a new international partnership. The partnership will see the two companies integrate Friend MTS’ ASiD technology – the most widely deployed and actively used digital watermarking system […]

Friday 7th April 2017

Developer and provider of platform, channel and content protection services to global Pay-TV operators, broadcasters and rights holders, Friend MTS, returns to NAB Show for the third year to showcase its anti-digital piracy solution, which has this year become the most widely deployed and actively used digital watermarking system in the world. The UK company’s […]

Monday 3rd April 2017

beIN, a global leader in the broadcast of premium sports, is tackling the threat from digital piracy to its Pay TV business head-on, by deploying the world’s leading live watermarking service from Friend MTS. Widely recognised as a ground-breaking provider of platform, channel and content protection services, Friend MTS is providing its live watermarking anti-piracy […]

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Friend MTS, the global leader in the provision of online anti-piracy systems and supplier of the world’s most used live watermarking system, has boosted its international professional services team with the appointment of Simon Hanna as Senior Solutions Architect. Hanna is a specialist in video delivery platforms for Pay-TV and OTT (over the top) operators, […]

Monday 21st November 2016

Friend MTS, the world’s leading provider of platform, channel and content protection services, has led a delegation to India to investigate the country’s escalating problem of digital piracy which costs the Indian film industry billions of dollars every year. India is not only the biggest film producer in the world making between 1500 and 2000 movies each […]

Wednesday 13th July 2016

Friend MTS appoints local business leader to drive operations in India Friend MTS, the leading global provider of platform, channel and content protection services, is expanding its presence into Asia with the opening of a new administration office in Chennai, India. Rahul Nehra, one of India’s most experienced and successful broadcast technology professionals, will spearhead the […]

Wednesday 6th January 2016

Content redistribution over the Internet is set to overtake traditional control word sharing as the biggest single piracy threat to premium content.

Monday 19th October 2015

Friend MTS’s European Sales Director will join industry leaders at MESA Europe’s annual Content Protection Summit to address the issues surrounding content protection and security in Europe.

Wednesday 16th September 2015

With 380 live games a season and millions of pounds with of content rights to protect, the English Premier League (EPL) is always innovating and evolving in its approach to piracy.

Saturday 12th September 2015

Friend MTS uses its global monitoring system and unique forensics capability to identify security weaknesses.

Monday 3rd August 2015

Ultra lightweight technology on display on stand 1.A44.

Monday 3rd August 2015

Content and platform security specialist Friend MTS is ramping up the fight against video piracy with the launch of its new content protection service ASiD (Advanced Subscriber iDentification).

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Higher resolutions and increasing broadband bandwidth are combining to deliver a perfect storm for content owners that is opening a new front in the ongoing battle against piracy.

Saturday 9th May 2015

The new forensics technology, donated to the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) by British-based Friend MTS, leaves a distinctive mark on child pornography videos.

Friday 6th March 2015

Friend MTS will be at CABSAT 2015 in Dubai, demonstrating its new service to enable secure streaming of live video.

Monday 1st September 2014

Exposé Source is the world’s first streaming video security service that pinpoints live content leaks, instantaneously.

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Expose source to debut at connected tv world summit.

Friday 2nd May 2014

Digital “fingerprints” could be used to help police find and remove child abuse images from the internet.

Wednesday 30th April 2014

A video content security company has donated its digital fingerprint technology to a global effort to tackle child abuse content online.

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