Content Protection (conditional access, DRM, watermarking, …) News

Passes selects Bitmovin Player and Analytics to empower creators
Jun 26, 2024 – Passes has deployed the Bitmovin Player and Analytics on Google Cloud to provide a more seamless streaming experience for its users, with more robust DRM support to protect creators' content.
News categories: Bitmovin, Passes, Stefan Lederer, Aaron Friedlander, Digital TV, DRM, Media Player, Streaming, Worldwide

MultiChoice Group reports results for the year ended March 2024
Jun 12, 2024 – MultiChoice has reported results for the year ended March 2024. Active subscribers declined by 9% YoY, mainly due to a 13% decline in the Rest of Africa business. The South African business declined by 5%.
News categories: MultiChoice, Africa, Content Protection, Digital TV, Results, Satellite, South Africa, Streaming, Subscribers

'Pandoraspear' malware infecting open-source Android Smart TVs
Jun 5, 2024 – WatchGuard has released its latest Internet Security Report showing that the Pandoraspear malware, which targets Smart TVs running open-source Android, entered the top 10 most detected malware list.
News categories: WatchGuard, Corey Nachreiner, Content Protection, Digital TV, Set Top Box, Smart TV, Streaming, TV OS, Worldwide

ITV teams up with Friend MTS in battle against piracy
Jun 4, 2024 – ITV, the UK's largest commercial broadcaster, has chosen Friend MTS's anti-piracy services to help protect its main linear channels on broadcast and streaming platforms.
News categories: Friend MTS, ITV, Chris Gibbs, Sarah Tierney, Broadcast, Content Protection, Digital TV, Streaming, UK

Five million pirates in the Nordics
May 28, 2024 – According to Mediavision, 25% of all 15-74-year-olds in the Nordics have downloaded or illegally streamed films, series or live sports in the last month, equating to ~5 million pirates in the Nordics.
News categories: Mediavision, Natalia Borelius, Content Protection, Denmark, Digital TV, Finland, Iceland, Market Research, Norway, Sweden

Irdeto certifies security on latest Amlogic HD broadcast chipsets
May 28, 2024 – Amlogic has extended its partnership with Irdeto by achieving certification to use Irdeto's security solutions on its latest generation of HD broadcast chipsets, the S805C1.
News categories: Amlogic, Irdeto, James Xie, Andrew Bunten, BroadcastAsia, Content Protection, Digital TV, ICs, Set Top Box, Worldwide

GTPL offers cable TV directly on Samsung TVs using TVKey
May 9, 2024 – GTPL Hathway has launched linear television content on connected TVs using NAGRA's TVKey Cloud, enabling secure TV viewing on Samsung TVs without the need for a set-top box.
News categories: NAGRA, GTPL Hathway, Samsung, Nancy Goldberg, Anirudhsinh Jadeja, Cable TV, Content Protection, Digital TV, India, Smart TV

3 million SVOD subscriptions shared in the Nordics
May 6, 2024 – According to Mediavision, despite the efforts of the media industry, more than three million SVOD subscriptions in the Nordics are shared, with only a marginal decrease of ~250,000 in the last year.
News categories: Mediavision, Fredrik Liljeqvist, Content Protection, Denmark, Digital TV, Finland, Market Research, Norway, Sweden

Piracy on social media and messaging apps grows in Asia Pacific
May 2, 2024 – AVIA has published its 2024 piracy survey. Despite a decrease in piracy on pirate TV boxes, pirate apps and streaming or torrent websites, the survey shows an increase in the incidence of piracy across Asia.
News categories: Asia Video Industry Association, Matt Cheetham, Asia, Content Protection, Digital TV, Market Research