Piracy


Verimatrix acquires Akamai identity Services assets

Content security specialist Verimatrix has acquired the assets that comprise the Akamai Identity Services (AIS) product from CDN giant Akamai. The acquisition will help Verimatrix provide a common authentication system to reduce friction within the content distribution workflow for TV everywhere services and ultimately support new ways to increase the value of the content chain on […]

English Premier League adds weight to BeoutQ piracy battle

The English Premier League has joined the chorus of sports rights-holding bodies and other organisations to condemn Saudi-based BeoutQ’s pirate broadcasts in the Middle East. All 20 Premier League matches played during the first two weeks of the season were transmitted illegally by BeoutQ, which is alleged to have stolen the content from several Premier League […]

BeIN Media enlists tech companies’ support in piracy battle with BeoutQ

BeIN Media has intensified its campaign against Saudi Arabia-based pirate service BeoutQ, which has targeted BeIN Media’s base by offering illicit transmissions of premium sports content. Following BeoutQ’s transmission of the first English Premier League and Ligue 1 football matches of the new season, BeIN Media has enlisted the support of content security providers Cisco […]

Irdeto: P2P still ‘the major source’ of piracy, despite rise of streaming

Peer-to-peer piracy continues to be the major way that consumers gain access to pirated content, despite the well-documented rise of illicit streaming services, according to data compiled by content security outfit Irdeto. According to Irdeto, growth in web video piracy is only adding to the global movie and TV piracy problem, rather than replacing P2P […]

Husband and wife sentenced in major Premier League piracy case

A husband and wife criminal team have been convicted and sentenced in the UK for pirating English Premier League content in the latest victory for rights-holders over sellers of illicit streaming devices. The pair were said to have made £750,000 (€850,000) by selling over 8,000 illicit streaming devices and setting up their own streaming service […]

Irdeto: nearly 5m illegal Champions League streamers detected

Digital security specialist Irdeto claims that illegal streams of this year’s Champions League knockout stages reached some 4.89 million online viewers. Based on its data, Irdeto said that it detected a total of 5,100 unique illegal streams, 2,093 of which were found on social media channels including Periscope, Facebook and Twitch. Irdeto said that while […]

Polish police make arrests over illegal IPTV network

Police in Lublin, Poland arrested three men last week who were charged with illegally distributing pay TV. The men, aged between 30 and 57 years old, were accused of illegally streaming more than 160 TV channels over the web, in a case that was highlighted by the AAPA (Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance). Polish police said the […]

FACT: illicit streaming boxes a fire risk

Illicit streaming devices in the UK market present a significant fire risk to users, according to a study by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and Electrical Safety First. According to the study, 100% of illicit boxes entering the UK market fail to meet national electrical safety regulations. None of the illicit streaming devices that […]

ABI: service providers losing up to US$8bn a year to piracy

Video service providers lose between US$6 billion (€5.1 billion) and US$8 billion in revenue to piracy each year, according to a study by US-based ABI Research. The report claims that while video piracy has been around since the advent of home recording and the VHS tape in 1979, today the most common forms of piracy […]

Anti-piracy group unites to combat threat

The Asian branches of companies such as NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Company banded together this week to initiate work against the threat of content piracy. The Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) united at the annual CASBAA conference in Macau yesterday to begin work to address the increasingly complex issues surrounding illegal downloading andstreaming. […]

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