ST adds Civolution watermarking to 4K SoCs

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor expert, and Civolution, a provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing content, have announced the integration of Civolution’s NexGuard forensic watermarking with ST’s UltraHD-4K Cannes and Monaco SoCs to detect unauthorised sharing of digital content and help deter piracy.

Forensic watermarking is the means by which a unique and imperceptible identifying code is inserted into a media asset, whether a movie, video or any other type of content. By adding a unique identity disseminated throughout a piece of media, that content, along with its owner, becomes identifiable. Digital watermarks are used to enforce contractual compliance between a content owner and the intended recipient. It provides proof of misuse and a link back to the source of a leakage. By integrating Civolution’s NexGuard with its Ultra HD-4K Cannes (STiH314/318) and Monaco (STiH414/418) SoCs, ST ensures that its leading-edge set-top box chipsets can offer a powerful deterrent against digital-content piracy.

“Civolution and ST work together to add support for the industry-leading digital-watermarking solution with the powerful Cannes and Monaco SoCs for UltraHD-4K services,” said Alex Terpstra, CEO, Civolution. “As the leading provider of forensic watermarking solutions for pre-release, digital cinema, Pay-TV and streaming, we are proud to be working closely with ST to deploy our solution in the powerful Cannes and Monaco chipsets. This recent integration is further proof of NexGuard’s role as a core component to providing best-in-class innovation for high-value-content protection.”

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