Harmonic and NAGRA offer watermarking-as-a-service for live sports streaming

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022 
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Harmonic and NAGRA Announce Watermarking as a Service for Live Sports Streaming

  • NAGRA NexGuard Forensic Watermarking Is Integrated With Harmonic’s VOS®360 Cloud SaaS Platform to Secure Live Sports Streaming

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) and NAGRA today announced that the companies are teaming up to improve content protection for live sports streaming with a new watermarking-as-a-service offering. NAGRA NexGuard forensic watermarking, a key solution within the NAGRA Active Streaming Protection framework, is integrated with Harmonic’s market-leading VOS®360 cloud SaaS platform, offering content owners and service providers a streamlined solution for protecting premium content at scale during live sports events.

“A significant rise in piracy during live sports events has fueled the need for stronger content protection solutions,” said Eric Gallier, vice president, video customer solutions at Harmonic. “By integrating NAGRA NexGuard forensic watermarking on our VOS360 cloud SaaS platform, we are offering a simple, automated, scalable and event-based anti-piracy solution to safeguard live sports content.”

“Fighting piracy and illegal content sharing is critical for sports rights owners to preserve their revenue streams on premium content,” said Sebastian Kramer, senior vice president, business development and product line management at NAGRA. “Teaming up with Harmonic, we’re transforming content protection of live sports to reduce stream and credential hijacking, creating a robust defense against piracy with innovative solutions from our Active Streaming Protection framework that include forensic watermarking.”

Harmonic’s VOS360 cloud SaaS platform is field proven in the delivery and monetization of live sports content at scale, ensuring low-latency, pristine video quality up to UHD. Running on the public cloud, the end-to-end SaaS platform provides unparalleled agility, resiliency, security and scalability for a superior viewing experience. The VOS360 cloud SaaS platform serves thousands of live events every month for leading streaming services.

NAGRA NexGuard forensic watermarking helps to identify the source of a content leak quickly and efficiently so that effective anti-piracy action can be taken. NexGuard embeds a session-specific forensic watermark for live channels and can scale easily to millions of concurrent sessions with CDN caching, working with all common streaming formats and DRMs.

Harmonic will highlight the latest capabilities for the VOS360 cloud SaaS platform during one-on-one meetings with attendees at IBC2022 in stand 1.B20. NAGRA will also feature its anti-piracy capabilities at IBC2022 on stand 1.C81.

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