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Taking on the pirates in the battle to safeguard revenues from premium live sports on open devices, content protection specialist Nagra has launched the NexGuard QuickMark subscriber-level watermarking solution.

NAGRA NexGuard QuickMark 10Sep2018The company sees premium live sports as not only a growth driver for legitimate pay-TV service providers, but also a fast-growing target for pirates who are starting to use open client devices, such as laptops and tablets, as a video source for their pirate services. In this new piracy environment, Nagra believes that legitimate service providers require effective anti-piracy solutions and tools such as subscriber-level watermarking combined with a secure player.

Available to premium sports service providers in late 2018, NexGuard QuickMark complements the firm’s existing watermarking solution for set-top-boxes and is part of Nagra’s suite of anti-piracy services. Its detection capabilities are designed to enable near real-time identification of the subscriber at the source of the piracy and the appropriate action to stop it.

Using content identification technologies such as real-time fingerprinting, the system can capture pirate streams from the internet, social media and illicit streaming devices, and feed them into the QuickMark detection platform via an automated interface.

As a dynamic client-side solution, NexGuard QuickMark does not require any modifications to the encoding, DRM or CDN systems. It is integrated with the Nagra OpenTV Player for the delivery of premium content services on open client devices, and other third-party players.

“The key to combatting OTT piracy of live sport events is to identify its source and shut it down quickly,” explained Harrie Tholen, VP of sales, Nagra anti-piracy and NexGuard. “NexGuard QuickMark is a watermarking solution for open client devices, that, when combined with a secure player, gives service providers and content owners the ability to detect which subscriber is re-streaming their live sports event and put a stop to it in real-time. It’s a must-have in their anti-piracy toolset.”