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OSN, the MENA region’s leading pay-TV network, successfully eliminated over 60 per cent of the illegal links of the top matches at the recent 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, and interrupted illegal viewing for over 50 per cent of the audience who were accessing pirated content, further bolstering its anti-piracy efforts.
OSN worked with Viaccess-Orca, a global player in the protection and enhancement of content services, for a ‘proof-of-concept’ project to combat the real-time distribution and viewing of illegal content, using its
Eye on Piracy solution.
“OSN is at the forefront in fighting the menace of TV piracy, which stifles the growth of the industry. As the region’s definitive ‘home of cricket,’ we have invested significantly in ensuring high quality transmission of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup live to our subscribers. Being one of the most sought-after live events, the tournament was highly targeted by unauthorised content distributors. Addressing it was imperative to ensure that the best interests of our subscribers were not compromised and also to dissuade any act of TV piracy that is a blatant violation of intellectual property rights,” said Mark Billinge, Chief Technology Officer at OSN. “Collaborating with Viaccess-Orca, we successfully monitored and took down a significant number of illegal streams during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to protect OSN’s content rights.”