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NAGRA, Harmonic Debut Live Sports Watermarking Solution

Content security and multiscreen user experience solutions firm NAGRA has launched a new live sports streaming watermarking-as-a-service offering with video delivery tech company Harmonic, the companies announced.

The joint solution, integrating NAGRA NexGuard forensic watermarking with Harmonic’s VOS360 Cloud SaaS platform, will be showcased at the upcoming IBC Show in Amsterdam.

“Fighting piracy and illegal content sharing is critical for sports rights owners to preserve their revenue streams on premium content,” said Sebastian Kramer, SVP of business development and product line management for NAGRA. “Teaming up with Harmonic, we’re transforming content protection of live sports to reduce stream and credential hijacking, creating a robust defense against piracy with innovative solutions from our Active Streaming Protection framework that include forensic watermarking.”

The new solution gives content owners and service providers a streamlined solution for protecting premium content at scale during live sports events, with Harmonic’s VOS360 cloud SaaS platform ensuring low-latency, pristine video quality up to UHD, and NAGRA NexGuard forensic watermarking identifying the source of a content leak quickly to ensure effective anti-piracy action can be taken. NexGuard embeds a session-specific forensic watermark for live channels and can scale to millions of concurrent sessions with CDN caching, working with all common streaming formats and DRMs.

“A significant rise in piracy during live sports events has fueled the need for stronger content protection solutions,” said Eric Gallier, VP of video customer solutions at Harmonic. “By integrating NAGRA NexGuard forensic watermarking on our VOS360 cloud SaaS platform, we are offering a simple, automated, scalable and event-based anti-piracy solution to safeguard live sports content.”

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