Live Stream Interruption

Modern approach to broadcast protection

Premium sports are an essential part of the broadcast industry. Thousands of millions of viewers are attracted to the thrilling sensation of watching their favorite sports live. Unfortunately, for the same reason, live sports have become the main victim of streaming piracy. With total annual revenue over $70 billion, professional sports leagues lose up to $50 billion more to piracy. Suffering from such enormous losses, sport broadcasting companies are compelled to protect their streams and this protection has to evolve as new ways of content theft emerge.

As TV and movie industry moves towards online distribution, so does piracy: modern approach is to capture video output and distribute it further on the Internet. That is why security measures like DRM and CA are no longer efficient.

This situation requires a new response, which is constant monitoring of the Internet, detection of infringing content using state-of-the-art watermarking technologies and immediate reaction.

WebKontrol’s Live Stream Interruption solution offers a full cycle of service able to trace sources of illicit re-streaming and eliminate it in real-time without undermining existing content delivery processes. The core element of this solution is watermarking technology.

Protect TV and OTT broadcasts

Over-the-top broadcasting services are more susceptible to online piracy as it requires the least effort: with just screen capturing software, which is widely available, paid event stream becomes freely redistributed over the open Internet.

On the other hand, there is satellite and cable Pay TV that is more difficult to redistribute, but it still remains the most popular way to consume live content.

How we do it

WebKontrol provides protection in close cooperation with content providers so entire process takes a few minutes:

  • Pay TV operators and OTT services broadcast premium content either by cable and satellite or over-the-top

  • Viewer receives content uniquely watermarked on remote WebKontrol service or on set-top box 

  • WebKontrol performs automated web-search to identify target video streams using state-of-the art technologies (AI, Neural Networks, Digital Fingerprinting, etc.)

  • Once the illegal video is found, previously embedded watermark is extracted

  • WebKontrol passes ID contained in the watermark that points to the source of illicit re-streaming to the OTT service operator or TV broadcaster

  • Content provider denies further service to the subscriber responsible for the unauthorized re-distribution immediately

Prevent redistribution of your premium live content

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