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Broadpeak combats video streaming piracy with integration of watermarking technology

Nagra NexGuard watermarking is now integrated on Broadpeak’s BkS400 caching server

In order to protect live and video-on-demand (VoD) content on every screen, Broadpeak has integrated Nagra NexGuard watermarking on Broadpeak’s BkS400 caching server.
NexGuard leverages adaptive-bit-rate streaming technology to create a unique watermark for each session on live and file-based video streams on the server side. The technology offers support for all adaptive-bit-rate formats (Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH) and is compliant with all popular digital rights management methods.

Integrating NexGuard watermarking technology on Broadpeak’s BkS400 caching server provides pay-TV operators with a fast, efficient and scalable way to identify illegal redistribution of video content and protect their revenue streams while preserving the benefits of video caching.

Jean-Philippe Plantevin, vice-president, product and operations antipiracy at Nagra, observed: “Today’s pay-TV operators are increasingly relying on adaptive-bit-rate streaming to address the consumer demand for video on every screen. Yet, in the over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen environment, illegal streaming is a major challenge.

“By partnering with Broadpeak, we’re able to help operators protect their investment in premium live and VoD content without impacting the user streaming experience.”

NexGuard creates uniquely identified video, on the fly, that can then be streamed by operators to millions of end-users on any device. If a stream is illegally redistributed, operators can easily identify the source of the piracy through the distinctive watermark attached to each piece of content.

Broadpeak and Nagra’s joint solution offers the best trade-off between overhead quantity and speed of detection. Session-based watermarking is pre-integrated in the content delivery network (CDN) and managed at the edge in the compressed and encrypted domain, without latency or impact on the streaming capacity, for utmost scalability and content security.

Protection is a key requirement for premium pay-TV content, especially live sports and Hollywood movies, and today’s operators need to react quickly to stop illegal streaming, suggested Jacques Le Mancq, CEO of Broadpeak.

He continued: “NexGuard gives operators a significant advantage in the video streaming market, leveraging state-of-the-art watermarking technology from Nagra and our widely deployed caching server.

“Each stream is individually provided a watermark during the video streaming phase, allowing secure video delivery on a massive scale. That capability, along with rapid detection and identification of the piracy source, results in successful OTT service delivery.”


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