Securing Streaming Video

Securing Streaming Video

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Problem Statement

Streaming video content protection is both unorganized and sometimes not a top priority for companies who are distributing streaming video. There needs to be a clear picture of the available technologies and solutions to combat various attack vectors that can compromise streaming video security as well as a framework to help govern the business strategy related to implementing a sustainable security approach to protect high-value streaming assets.

Project Description

Video piracy is on the rise. In order to curb the increase in theft of video assets, every participant in the streaming video delivery chain needs to secure the content from ingest to delivery to subscribers’ end devices. When content is not secured end-to-end, video pirates will find the weakest link to obtain content and re-distribute illegally. And as video streaming consumption continues to grow, new providers, such as OTT platforms, will join the market necessitating everyone is securing their content and delivery systems as comprehensively as possible so the industry itself isn’t contributing to the problem.

Current Document

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Best Practices for Securing Live Streams

The ability to prevent piracy, take down illegal content, and act against illegal sources are key objectives of content protection. Meeting these objectives requires the use of a variety of technologies including watermarking, Digital Rights Management (DRM), fingerprinting, and cryptography. This document examines and discusses the streaming video system to provide best practices for protecting and securing streaming video content for both content providers and distributors to ensure content is being used as intended by those who it was intended.

Project Status


Project Leads

Kei Foo

Matt Tooley

Project Details

Start Date

January 2, 2020

Estimated Completion Date

September 1, 2020

Goals and Objectives

This project has the following objectives and goals:
  • Provide a baseline understanding of streaming video architecture.
  • Provide an explanation of different video delivery components and content protection options.
  • Provide an overall description of the current video piracy landscape.
  • Explain the importance of securing streaming video.

Project Scope

This paper PROVIDES:
  • A high-level overview of current video piracy issues.
  • An overview of streaming video workflow from ingest to delivery and architecture.
  • Descriptions of, and references to, available technologies, tools, and solutions which address piracy and video asset security.
  • A list of best practices to secure content and content delivery.
  • In-depth analysis of the available technologies, tools, and solutions
  • A prescription or mandate to use a certain solution to address a specific aspect of streaming video security.


  • Kei Foo (Charter)
  • Glenn Deen (Comcast/NBCUniversal)
  • Andy Lucas (Comcast/NBCUniversal)
  • Mike Wilkinson (Comcast/NBCUniversal)
  • Nicol So (Commscope)
  • Alain Durand (Content Armor)
  • Rodrigo Fernandes (Irdeto)
  • Laurence Low (Irdeto)
  • Juan Martinez (Irdeto)
  • Laurent Piron (Nagra)
  • Matt Tooley (NCTA)
  • Arthur Cuyugan (Paramount Pictures)
  • Avi Wachtfogel (Synamedia)
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