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BT: Imperative that broadcasters combat illegal streaming

With TV piracy becoming more rampant, it is imperative that broadcasters work with technology providers to secure the integrity of streaming content. To combat the threat, British Telecommunications (BT) is partnering with ATEME, a video delivery solution provider, to become the first anti-piracy encryption technology platform in the UK.

TV piracy has escalated since the advent of illegal streaming devices. In 2019, up to 190 billion visitors had accessed illegal piracy sites, according to anti-piracy company MUSO. BT is tapping on ATEME’s sophisticated encryption techniques to secure satellite uplinked content, and will offer this technology to its media and broadcast customers around the world to help reduce the number of illegal streams.

By using ATEME’s encoder, BT’s Media and Broadcast unit will be able to deliver the highest video quality at minimum bitrates and latency while keeping broadcasts secure. The BISS-CA (Basic Interoperable Scrambling System Conditional Access) protocol used in ATEME’s encoder is the perfect match for high-quality video transmissions as the secure encryption tool enables broadcasters to protect themselves against piracy.

ATEME’s encoder can be used across a variety of systems and software and determines the origin of an illegal stream with content being watermarked. Media rights holders can also grant and revoke receiving rights in real time, securing broadcasts from the source to its end-destination.

Dominik Wrona, head of TV Outside Broadcast, BT, said: “For BT, it’s imperative that we protect broadcasters from the threat of illegal piracy and ensure that those watching the content legally are getting the best viewing experience possible, wherever they are in the world.”

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