Broadpeak Integrates NexGuard Watermarking Against Illegal Streaming

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Broadpeak has integrated NAGRA NexGuard watermarking on Broadpeak’s BkS400 caching server to protect live and VOD content on all screens as a session-based watermarking system for the video streaming market.

NexGuard uses adaptive bitrate streaming to create a unique watermark for each session on live and file-based video streams on the server side. The system gives support for all adaptive bitrate formats including Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming and MPEG-DASH, and is compliant with all commonly used digital rights management methods. Integrating NexGuard watermarking on Broadpeak’s BkS400 caching server makes a fast, efficient, scalable way to identify illegal redistribution of video content available to pay-TV operators and protects their revenue streams while preserving the benefits of video caching.

“Today’s pay-TV operators are relying on adaptive bitrate streaming more often to address consumer demand for video on every screen. Yet, in the OTT multiscreen environment, illegal streaming remains a major challenge,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, vice president, product and operations antipiracy at NAGRA. “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.”

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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 identify the source of the piracy through the distinctive watermark attached to each piece of content. Broadpeak and NAGRA’s joint technique forms an optimum result between overhead, quantity and speed of detection. Session-based watermarking is pre-integrated into the CDN and managed at the edge in the compressed and encrypted domain, without latency or impact on the streaming capacity, for a high level of 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 prevent illegal streaming,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “NexGuard gives operators a significant advantage in the video streaming market, now using state-of-the-art watermarking from NAGRA with our widely deployed caching server.

“Each stream is individually given 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, helps to increase the value of OTT service delivery.”