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IBC 2022 – let’s not remember it only as “It’s Bloody Chaos”

Thursday 22nd September

Nik Forman, Marketing Director, Friend MTS It’s already been over a week since the last day of IBC2022. It must seem longer ago than that to anyone who was there, primarily because so much of the intervening time was spent deep in the travel chaos that most people had to endure on their homeward journeys. […]

Video Fingerprinting for Comprehensive Detection of Pirated Content

Thursday 30th June

Josef Baker Product Manager, Friend MTS As organised for-profit video piracy continues to present a serious financial threat to content owners and distributors, proven cutting-edge technologies remain essential tools in protecting valuable video content from illicit redistribution. And while live sports content represents the most lucrative spoils for pirates based on the recurring high profit they […]

5 Benefits of Digital Watermarking

Friday 10th June

Today, stolen content represents as much as half of all video content that is consumed. This is an ongoing, business-critical issue: pirated video material is viewed over 230 billion times per year, with more than 80% of global online piracy attributed to illegal streaming services. Today, controlling unauthorised use of your video content is a […]

NAB 2022, it was good to be back!

Thursday 12th May

John Ward EVP Americas, Friend MTS If, like me, you were able to visit the recent NAB show, you’ll have noticed the amazing atmosphere that permeated the whole event, as we all made the most of getting back to the personal touch and face-to-face meetings. It was great to be back and the tangible buzz suggested […]

Watermarking – The Anti-Piracy Champion Explained

Friday 29th April

In some regions of the world, stolen content represents as much as half of all video content consumed, according to analysts. The impact of illegal redistribution on the creative and sports industries is indisputable, leading to increased recognition from media organisations and content owners as to the importance of anti-piracy measures to safeguard content and […]

SportsPro OTT Summit 2022 – Panel Session

Monday 11th April

Fighting Sports Content Piracy John Ward, Executive Vice President Americas, Friend MTS Peter Scott, VP of Emerging Media and Innovation, WarnerMedia  Alec Hendry, Director of Digital Media Operations & Development, Paramount  Last month at the SportsPro OTT Summit in New York, John Ward, Friend MTS was joined by WarnerMedia’s Peter Scott and Paramount’s Alec Hendry […]

The Harmful Content Challenge: Tackling Online Harms While Protecting Freedom of Speech

Friday 14th January

Watch our fireside chat or read the article below  Chris Cooke Founder and Managing Director CMU Insights For social media and digital platforms, two big talking points continued to demand attention throughout 2021. First, how to protect users from online harms. And second, how to safeguard freedom of speech amid the perceived rise in […]

The Billion Dollar OTT Problem: Protecting Content

Thursday 9th December

John Ward EVP, Americas Friend MTS Over-the-top (OTT), and specifically, direct-to-consumer (D2C), platforms are exploding. The exclusive content that OTT/D2C platforms develop is a key business asset. The need to protect that asset, keeping exclusive content truly exclusive, is imperative to securing and keeping subscribers – which translates to revenue. The business case to protect […]

Which ASiD Watermarking Solution is Right For You?

Friday 16th July

With our watermarking we ensure maximum security of your valuable video content and offer a breadth of solutions for all content delivery scenarios. In this post we’ll explain which of the three ASiD solutions (or a combination of those) – ASiD Embedded, ASiD OTT Client-composited or ASiD OTT Edge-switched – is best for your content […]

Safe Harbour in the News

Tuesday 13th April

Watch our fireside chat or read the article below  Chris Cooke Founder and Managing Director CMU Insights While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on studios, broadcasters, publishers, platforms, venues, creators and performers was, of course, the big talking point in the media and entertainment sectors throughout 2020, a trade group for the global […]

Why is Safe Harbour so Controversial

Friday 19th March

Watch our fireside chat or read the article below  Chris Cooke Founder and Managing Director CMU Insights When the 2019 European Union Copyright Directive was being negotiated, one specific element of what was a wide-ranging set of copyright reforms captured most of the headlines, and that was the safe harbour reform contained in what […]

Article 5 – From One End to the Other: Protecting Content From Origination to Playback, Once and for All

Thursday 12th November

Joshua Shulman, Digital Marketing Specialist, Bitmovin Alan Ogilvie, Lead Product Manager, Friend MTS Ali Hodjat, Product Marketing Director, Intertrust Technologies Any player in the OTT world would have a hard time keeping up with the myriad of changes we have seen over the past several months: COVID-19. The dramatic increase in video consumption. The exponential […]

DRM + Watermarking: Working Hand in Hand to Protect Against Piracy

Friday 30th October

Jonathan Friend CEO Friend MTS It is for good reason that video services like Netflix, Hulu, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Prime Video don’t allow some smartphones¹ to stream movies or TV shows at higher resolutions. Digital rights management (DRM) is built into many devices and protects these services with this lockout in order to […]

Article 4 – Beyond Digital Rights Management: Video Watermarking Weighs In

Friday 23rd October

Watch our fireside chat or read the article below Alan Ogilvie, Lead Product Manager, Friend MTS Andy Wilson, Senior Product Architect, Friend MTS Chris O’Brien, Engineering Manager, Friend MTS In the continually evolving OTT world, we’ve established that savvy pirates are implementing new and advanced methods to steal valuable content – to the tune of […]

Article 3 – Tips and Tricks: How to Secure Your Content in Challenging Streaming Environments

Tuesday 6th October

Watch our fireside chat or read the article below Joshua Shulman, Digital Marketing Specialist, Bitmovin 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, […]

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