Friend MTS Launches Pirate Stream Detection Tool at IBC

UK content protection technology provider Friend MTS will at IBC 2015 launch a tool for identifying suspected pirate streams sent from traditional broadcast multiscreen and OTT services in near real time.

Called ASiD (Advanced Subscriber iDentification), the company describes it as being an ultra-lightweight subscriber identification technology that enables both broadcasters and OTT providers to identify and shut down unauthorized streams within minutes. Clearly the technology is aimed primarily at protecting premium live sports whose value diminishes rapidly and requires almost immediate action to protect revenue and prevent pirates profiting from the illicit stream. It works by inserting almost undetectable identifying symbols into the content for just a fraction of a second, sufficient to identify any subscriber who is re-transmitting an unauthorized stream within five minutes of detection. The system then executes an algorithm that identifies the symbols and determines whether a given stream appears to be illicit, which may be the case when an apparently authorized subscriber is retransmitting the stream over the Internet.

Friend MTS President Jonathan Friend describes ASiD as a game changing technology for OTT stream protection.

Friend MTS President Jonathan Friend describes ASiD as a game changing technology for OTT stream protection.

Friend MTS’s President Jonathan Friend described ASiD as the fruit of years of experience and a lot of innovation. It looks like it is based on the firm’s Expose product line, which has indeed evolved over the last decade. ASiD is currently being rolled out to a number of companies in Europe and the Middle East and will feature alongside two of those other content protection solutions, Expose Linear and Expose Source, at IBC from 11-15 September. Expose Source is the latest of those, featuring digital watermarking technology to mark streams so that they can be identified and traced back to their source if suspected of being illicit. This works in concert with digital fingerprinting and network forensic techniques to monitor a live OTT service for infringing streams. ASiD looks like being a stripped down version of this designed to avoid any negative impact on a service or its customers.

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