NexGuard Streaming forensic watermarking solution integrated with the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform aims to ensure added protection of high value live and VOD OTT content on a global level.
NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company and independent provider of content protection, has announced that its NexGuard Streaming watermarking solution for OTT has been integrated with Akamai, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences.
The integrated solution promises to leverage Akamai’s edge platform to bring an added level of anti-piracy enforcement and revenue protection to rights holders and content owners allowing them to stop pirated video streams of live sports and premium VOD content in real-time and increase the traceability of those premium assets.
NexGuard Streaming looks to enable content owners and pay-TV operators to actively fight commercial piracy, by identifying the source of a content leak in a matter of minutes and allowing targeted anti-piracy actions to stop illicit content re-streaming as a result.
NexGuard Streaming embeds a session-specific forensic watermark for both premium OTT VOD and OTT live channels, including sports. It works with any OTT streaming device and client application, removing the need for any device-side integration. It scales easily to millions of concurrent sessions with CDN caching and works with all common streaming formats and DRMs.
NAGRA is part of Akamai’s Media Technology Partner programme.
Commenting on the launch, Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice President Anti-Piracy at NAGRA, said: “Partnering with Akamai Technologies was a natural evolution to our anti-piracy activities given the global reach and volume of high value content being distributed through their network. The unique combination of our NexGuard Streaming forensic watermarking technology with Akamai’s access revocation ensures rights holders and content owners have a robust and scalable solution to guard against commercial piracy of their high value live and VOD content and enables us to increase the volume of takedowns of pirated OTT streams.”
Amit Kasturia, Senior Manager of Media Product Management at Akamai, remarked: “The addition of NAGRA to our ecosystem will give Akamai customers more options to tackle the rebroadcasting of stolen streams and reinforces our new access revocation capabilities. NAGRA has been a committed partner in identifying new ways in which we can work together to be more effective in the fight against piracy. We were impressed with the way they embraced our API approach and helped accelerate the initial launch of these capabilities.”