Viaccess-Orca and Harmonic Partner to Optimize Content Protection for Live Sports Streaming

Viaccess-Orca (VO) and Harmonic today announced that the two companies are joining forces to improve content protection for live sports streaming. VO’s dynamic watermarking technology will be integrated with Harmonic’s industry-leading VOS®360 cloud SaaS platform, giving content owners and providers a simple and scalable solution to quickly identify sources of piracy and stop the replay of contents.

“Sports piracy is a dangerous threat to the industry, costing billions of dollars in lost revenue each year,” said Mathieu Harel, Watermarking Product Director at Viaccess-Orca. “By integrating our dynamic watermarking technology with Harmonic’s cloud platform, we are providing sports content owners and content providers with a flexible business model, making it easier and safer than ever to broadcast live sports content. premium.”

Content owners will be able to use VO’s dynamic watermark as a service on the Harmonic VOS360 SaaS platform for the duration of sporting events. Server-side software can easily be used, on the fly, by new and existing customers.

“The ultimate way to protect live sports content is to use robust watermarking technology,” said Eric Gallier, Vice President Video Client Solutions at Harmonic. “We are excited to bring Viaccess-Orca’s dynamic watermarking technology to our VOS360 SaaS platform. With this new integration, we offer an automated and scalable event-based anti-piracy solution to protect live sports content.

VO’s dynamic watermark detects redistributed content from broadcast networks, IPTV and OTT. Using state-of-the-art technology, operators can identify and remove the rebroadcast source within minutes, which is essential for live sporting events. Blind identification on VO’s dynamic watermarking technology eliminates the need for metadata and allows content providers to automatically detect the block size of the original stream. The fully scalable dynamic watermark can scan millions of devices at once and instantly identify those pirating content.

Harmonic’s VOS360 cloud platform simplifies the delivery and monetization of live sports content at scale, ensuring low latency and pristine video quality up to UHD. Running on three major public clouds, the end-to-end SaaS platform delivers unmatched agility, resiliency, security, and scalability for a superior viewing experience. Based on a pay-as-you-go business model, the VOS360 platform allows operators to pay for watermarking only when needed.

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