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beIN & Friend MTS: Building a Comprehensive Anti-Piracy Strategy for a Sports Broadcaster

Tuesday 24th January

With the beoutQ story of unprecedented content theft unfolding just a few years ago, beIN is not new among the broadcasters on the front line of the battle against content piracy. Just as the FIFA World Cup 2022 started in Qatar with beIN as official broadcaster, our Regional VP for EMEA Simon Hanna caught up […]

How Live Sports Piracy can be Stopped Today

Tuesday 10th January

It’s no secret that pretty much every live sporting event across the globe falls victim to illegal, pirated streams. This costs broadcasters and rights holders huge amounts in revenue, and it’s why protecting live sports and events from piracy is no longer a consideration for broadcasters and OTT service providers – it’s crucial. Sports viewership […]

Year in Review: The Fight Against Piracy in 2022

Wednesday 21st December

2022 – what a year it’s been in the world of content security. The post-pandemic landscape and related economic realities have helped generate some significant shifts in the way that everyone consumes video, and pirates have responded – but so have we, those who are committed to bringing an end to content theft. While we […]

FIFA World Cup 2022 Viewing Party

Thursday 15th December

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is drawing to a close, and the England team are on their way home (still a great performance, boys). Viewing figures have been impressive: for England’s first game of the tournament against Iran, the BBC recorded a record 8.5 million views, plus an additional 8 million streams on […]

Consequences of Piracy

Monday 28th November

Living in the digital age comes with its unique challenges, especially amid times of uncertainty for global economies. As the cost of living pressures rise, it can certainly become tempting to skip subscription services altogether for cheaper, or even free, alternative access to premium content. This temptation is often bolstered by the erroneous view that […]

DRM – a Key Component of Content Protection

Wednesday 12th October

Simon Thomson, Senior Presales Consultant, Friend MTS People are increasingly looking at their household entertainment spends, looking to cut costs where they can. In addition, consumers expect fully-featured services from their pay-TV providers, and this includes the means of streaming to any device. It’s obvious that an OTT service is an increasingly essential offering for […]

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 […]

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