Broadpeak integrates Nagra NexGuard watermarking to combat streaming piracy

Broadpeak, French provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming technology, has completed integration of the Nagra NexGuard watermarking in its BkS400 caching server to protect live and VoD streaming content.

NexGuard is a server-side watermarking system generating unique marks for each live or file based adaptive bit rate stream at the session level. It supports the three principal adaptive-bit-rate formats in use today, Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming and MPEG-DASH, as well as being compliant with popular digital rights management methods.

Integrating NexGuard watermarking technology on Broadpeak's BkS400 caching server allows pay TV operators and content providers to identify illegal redistribution of video content at source and take appropriate action such as immediate blocking, while keeping the benefits of video caching, according to Broadpeak.

"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 OTT multiscreen environment, illegal streaming is a major challenge," said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, vice president, product and operations antipiracy at Nagra, which is part of the Swiss based Kudelski Group. "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 generates unique identifiers on the fly that can then be streamed by operators to 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 contend that their joint package offers the best trade-off between overhead and speed of detection. Session-based watermarking is pre-integrated in the CDN and managed at the network edge in the compressed and encrypted domain, without imposing latency or reducing streaming capacity.

"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," said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak.

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