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  1. Friend MTS Expands Global Footprint with Opening of New Indian Office in Chennai

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    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 new venture which aims to protect studios, broadcasters and content owners in the region from unauthorised redistribution of their live and premium on-demand content.

    Nehra, a well-known face in the Indian broadcast, satellite, content and OTT markets, is perfectly placed to help drive Friend MTS’ expansion in the region. For more than 20 years he has contributed to the success of blue chip media companies, such as Intelsat, Exset-General Satellite and Latens-Pace, in Asia and across the globe.

    Paul Hastings, Friend MTS’ EVP Global Sales and Marketing said, “We are delighted to have someone with Rahul’s profile and experience driving our growth in the Indian and wider Asian market. India is undoubtedly a key player in the global media and entertainment industry. It is currently the largest cinema market in the world with a rapidly growing digital appetite. Video piracy in India is a huge problem and one that is growing every day. Our global experience combined with Rahul’s local knowledge will enable operators and broadcasters in the country to effectively fight the increasing threat to the revenue of premium channels and rights holders.”

    In 2012 India was added to an ‘International Piracy Watch List’ by a U.S. government panel looking to highlight countries that are not taking sufficient action to address high rates of digital piracy. According to a 2013 article in WIPO Magazine (the journal of the World Intellectual Property Organization), the Indian film industry loses around US$3.34 billion and some 60,000 jobs every year because of piracy.

    Nehra said, “Having worked in the Indian media industry for over 20 years I’m well aware of the issues that content piracy causes operators and content owners. Friend MTS has proven solutions and technology that solve this growing problem, and with the increase in video consumption now is the perfect time to introduce Friend MTS’ services to the market.”

    With five other offices across Europe and the Americas, Friend MTS already protects the content and revenue potential of some of the biggest names in media and sport including English Premier League, Sky, WWE and BT Sport.

    About Friend MTS

    Friend MTS is a leading global provider of platform, channel and content protection services. From fingerprinting and watermarking to advanced subscriber identification, Friend MTS offers a full suite of managed services to help Pay-TV operators, rights holders and broadcasters control where their video content flows.

    Taking the approach of end-to-end service delivery, Friend MTS is unique in developing and maintaining its entire technology stack in-house. Its R&D teams are staffed by leading experts in a variety of disciplines in the field of technical security, ranging from signals processing and search specialists, through to data analysts and operational security researchers. This level of control gives it unparalleled flexibility to service clients’ exact requirements.

  2. Who is really responsible for protecting content?

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    Premium sports rights continue to be the fuel that drives the global pay-TV business.

    The recent announcement that the English Premier League had increased revenues from Sky and BT Sport for its domestic TV rights by over 80%, shows that there is no indication of a slowdown in the cost of acquiring the very best content for your platform. One of the contingent elements of this high valuation is the assurance that the matches licensed are available exclusively on the platform paying the big bucks. However, a quick search of the internet, shows that there is a multiplicity of sources of premium sports content that are available to view by people who have not paid the required subscription to the rightful owner. Indeed, the content thieves (let’s not use that fluffy term pirates), are increasing the routes for an illegitimate viewer to access this content, in the same way that the OTT services of pay TV platforms are increasing the number of devices that can access the legitimate subscription.So who has the task of ensuring exclusive access to content in market? Is it the content owner, who is being paid a very significant sum by pay-TV operators to gain exactly that? Or is it the pay-TV operators themselves, who are already investing very significant amounts in content security such as CAS and DRM?

    The most effective solution is probably a hybrid effort. The content owner has an innate advantage in the battle with content thieves in that they have ultimate Ownership or copyright of the content. This means that they have the legal right to target Content Thieves anywhere in the world, who are misappropriating the video feed from one of its licensees. By working with technology and service providers who can identify the infrastructure supporting illegitimate content feeds, and making use of established take down and enforcement procedures against compliant sites and services, the content owner can protect the interests of both itself and all of its licensees around the world. However, that still leaves a significant number of services that are non-compliant (i.e. they do not respond to legal notices to cease and desist the retransmission of illegitimate content).

    It is in these cases that the broadcaster is best placed to target the content thieves. The pay-TV platform has the advantage of knowing who each of its subscribers are. If an illegitimate feed can be tied to an individual subscriber, then appropriate remedial/legal action can be taken. In the last 12 months there have been a range of new technologies and services introduced to broadcasters, which can do exactly that. These services allow the subscription that is the source of the illegitimate stream to be identified, and then subsequently terminated, whether the source is a set-top box or from an OTT service delivered to a computer or mobile device. This means that, regardless of whether or not the infrastructure provider is compliant, the pay-TV operator can regain control of the content they have paid for, and ensure that only legitimate subscribers are able to access their fee.

    However, for this to work on a global scale, it is vital that the content owners ensure that ALL licensees utilise these new services, as the security put in place all broadcasters around the world is only as strong as the weakest link. Content thieves will target broadcasters where best practice has not been followed, and they will become the source for illegitimate feeds, which will impact other broadcasters in other territories around the world.

  3. OTT live is the next frontier for content security

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    Anyone who has attended a seminar on video security over the last year cannot fail to have noticed that content redistribution over the Internet is set to overtake traditional control word sharing as the biggest single piracy threat to premium content. This has been borne out by events, with some OTT premium sports services finding that as much as 50% of their “customers” do not have a legitimate subscription. Instead they have either bypassed security controls directly or accessed a pirated stream that they may have paid for, or that may instead carry advertising.

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  4. Friend MTS joins the discussion at MESA’s European Content Protection Summit

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

    On a panel entitled Protecting Content Rights in Europe – Meeting the Challenges, Paul will sit alongside representatives from Sky UK, the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC) and Farncombe to discuss what is being done, what more can be done and what challenges lie ahead in the fight against piracy.

    The panel will take place in the Grand Connaught Rooms, London at 4pm on Wednesday 21 October 2015.

  5. Premier League Uses Linear as Key Defender

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    Background

    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. Last year alone EPL blocked 45,000 illegal streams.

    Challenge

    To identify and prevent pirate steams originating from EPL’s pay TV licensees’ OTT and TV Everywhere services across the globe.

    Solution

    In September 2015, EPL engaged with friend MTS to ramp up the protection of its live broadcasts. Using our global internet monitoring system, and unique network forensics capability we identify where security weaknesses are being exploited, and notify the Premier League so they can take action. Together we are making it harder for licensed services to become sources for piracy.

    Result

    Since September have identified XX licensee leaks preventing cascading cases of ‘pirates pirating pirates’, which has degraded the quality of illegitimate services and reduced the economic threat to rights holders [I need to confirm this number]

    Protecting the distribution of our live games across all video platforms is paramount to us and our broadcast partners. By working with Friend MTS we will be able to identify any platform leaks, thereby ensuring that they can be fixed quickly.” Kevin Plumb, Head of Legal Services for The Premier League

  6. Premier league appoints Friend MTS as key defender

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

    The Premier League is ramping up protection of its live broadcasts with the appointment of Friend MTS to help secure its pay TV licensees’ OTT and TV Everywhere streams across the globe.

    Using its global internet monitoring system, and unique network forensics capability, Friend MTS will identify where security weaknesses are being exploited, and the Premier League notified.

    Kevin Plumb, Head of Legal Services for The Premier League, said, “Protecting the distribution of our live games across all video platforms is paramount to us and our broadcast partners. By working with Friend MTS we will be able to identify any platform leaks, thereby ensuring that they can be fixed quickly.”

    Friend MTS’ CEO Jonathan Friend said, “The Premier League is always innovating and evolving in its approach to piracy, and our new partnership will enhance this further by identifying real-world exploits of platform security vulnerabilities.  By making it harder for licensed services to become sources for piracy, and preventing cascading cases of ‘pirates pirating pirates’, this degrades the quality of illegitimate services and reduces the economic threat to rights holders.”

    Friend MTS will feature the full range of its content protection solutions on IBC stand 1.A44 (Hall 1) from 11-15 September.  Friend added, “We will demonstrate how pay-tv platforms, broadcasters and content producers worldwide are using our technology and services to give them back complete control of the distribution of their channels and content.”

  7. Friend MTS to launch revolutionary new content protection technology at IBC 2015

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    Ultra lightweight technology on display on stand 1.A44

    Friend MTS is ramping up the fight against video piracy with the launch of ASiD (Advanced Subscriber iDentification), a revolutionary new content protection service at IBC 2015.

    ASiD, which will be demonstrated on Friend MTS Stand 1.A44, is an ultra-lightweight subscriber identification technology that enables both traditional broadcasters and OTT providers to identify and shut down unauthorised streams within minutes. It works by inserting near undetectable identifying symbols onto the content for just a fraction of a second to identify any subscriber who is re-transmitting an unauthorised stream within five minutes of detection.

    ASiD is a true step change in the fight against video piracy. Its combination of discrete identifying symbols, fractional second display and sophisticated placement, and interpretation algorithms make it impossible to obscure or mask with zero impact on the consumer experience.

    Friend MTS’s President Jonathan Friend said, “We’re really excited to be showing ASiD for the first time at IBC this year.  It is a truly game changing technology and will give us a real opportunity to show the entire industry exactly what Friend MTS can offer – best-in-class content and revenue protection solutions built on years of experience and a lot of innovation.”

    ASiD is currently being rolled out to a number of companies in Europe and the Middle East. It will feature alongside Friend MTS’s other content protection solutions, Expose Linear and Expose Source, at IBC from 11-15 September. Together they will demonstrate exactly how Friend MTS is putting control back in the hands of broadcasters and rights holders worldwide by ensuring they are the ones that decide where their content flows.

  8. ASID test for Friend MTS Content Protection

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    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).

    ASiD is an ultra-lightweight subscriber identification technology that enables both traditional broadcasters and OTT providers to identify and shut down unauthorised streams within minutes. It works by inserting near-undetectable identifying symbols onto the content for just a fraction of a second to identify any subscriber who is re-transmitting an unauthorised stream within five minutes of detection.

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  9. Watermarking to flush out OTT pirates copy

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    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. In the early days of pay TV the main threat came from cloning, where a pirate replicates part of a device’s software or hardware such that control words can then be extracted and used to decrypt content.

    Then the arrival of mass broadband services shifted the balance of risk towards control word sharing, where a pirate discovers a common key used to decrypt the content and distributes it, typically via the Internet. But now a third wave of piracy is breaking as increasing bandwidth combined with ever higher resolutions is making it feasible for pirates to acquire high quality content, often legitimately, and then redistribute it over the Internet.

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  10. Video fingerprints could help fight child porn

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    Digital fingerprints could help law enforcement find and remove child pornography on the Internet.

    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.

    It’s not clear just how much child pornography is out there. Between 2002 and 2013, more than 104 million child pornography still images were reviewed by theU.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), a sister organization to the ICMEC. This graph from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)provides a snapshot of just how bad the problem was last year.

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