Nagra launches watermarking solution to combat piracy of Premium live sports

Nagra, a leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen TV products, announced the launch of NexGuard QuickMark, a subscriber-level watermarking solution to fight piracy of premium live sports on open devices.
In a press release, the company said that NexGuard QuickMark complements the existing NexGuard watermarking solution for set-top-boxes and is part of NAGRA’s suite of anti-piracy services. It will be available to premium sports service providers in late 2018.
Nagra explained that the solution’s detection capabilities enable near real-time identification of the subscriber at the source of the piracy and the appropriate action to stop it. Using state-of-the-art content identification technologies such as real-time fingerprinting, Nagra 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.
“The key to combatting OTT piracy of live sport events is to identify its source and shut it down quickly,” said Harrie Tholen, VP of Sales, Nagra Anti-Piracy & NexGuard Nagra. “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.”
NexGuard QuickMark is integrated with the NAGRA OpenTV Player, a secure player for the delivery of premium content services on open client devices, and other third-party players.
Nagra Anti-Piracy Services, NexGuard watermarking and content value protection solutions will be displayed at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, from September 14-18, 2018.