Securing Live Streams

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Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10:00am (PST)

Online video piracy is a growing problem. Although there are several very good technologies, like watermarking and DRM, that can secure a live stream against theft, they can’t totally stop piracy. Even when used in combination, pirates may still find a way to illegally capture and redistribute video content. According to one North American operator, “stream leakage” accounts for millions of dollars in losses each month. In this webinar, we’ll explore many of the technologies that can be used to thwart live stream piracy and some of the best practices that video distributors can employ to help reduce piracy as much as possible.

Topics Covered

This webinar will address (or addressed) the following:

  1. How prevalent is live stream theft (or “stream leakage”)? Is it as big of a problem as everyone is letting on? How can the impact of theft be measured?
  2. What are some of the common (and not so common) ways that streams are stolen and “re-broadcast?”
  3. What are some of the technologies content owners and distributors can employ to prevent stream theft? Can additional measures be taken with network configuration?
  4. Is there a “technology stack” for stream security? Or can one technology, like DRM, suffice?
  5. How is stream theft detected? Is this a manual process (such as culling through access logs) or can it be automated with AI and ML?
  6. What does enforcement look like, especially when streams are being re-broadcast by bad actors in countries that may not care about a foreign content-owner’s rights?
  7. What is the impact of anti-theft technologies, like watermarking and DRM, on stream latency? Is the application of these technologies real-time and dynamic or is it done beforehand?
  8. How are organizations like the Streaming Video Alliance working to solve some of the technical challenges associated with securing live streams?
  9. What are some of the technologies and approaches to preventing live stream theft coming down the pipeline? How long will it be before we see them? Is Blockchain on the horizon?
  10. What is your one piece of advice about security to a content owner or video distributor who wants to provide live streaming?


Moderated by Jason Thibeault

Jason Thibeault is the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance, a global association of companies collaborating to solve critical challenges in delivering a better streaming video experience and increasing adoption. Prior to this role, Jason spent eight years at Limelight Networks, a leading CDN, where he held several roles including product manager and marketing strategist. Jason is an inventor on multiple technical patents in the streaming industry and a proven entrepreneur. He is also a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine.

You can connect with Jason on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.

About the Streaming Video Alliance

The Streaming Video Alliance is a global technical association addressing critical challenges in streaming video. By educating the industry on the technical nature of the issues, providing a neutral forum for collaboration across the video ecosystem, and publishing documentation that defines technical solutions, the Alliance is helping to improve the streaming video experience at scale. Over 75 companies including network operators, content rights holders, OTT platforms, service providers, and technology vendors – representing some of the biggest names in global streaming – participate in bi-weekly working group activities and quarterly face-to-face meetings. You can find out more about membership here.

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