Multi-screen video software specialist SeaChange International and media content technology and solutions provider Civolution have agreed an integration and distribution collaboration to offer NexGuard forensic watermarking for premium video-on-demand (VoD), critical for cable operators looking to launch Home Premiere services, as mandated by the Hollywood studios to grant access to early window content.
Paul de Bot, General Manager, Back Office and Monetisation, SeaChange, said the partnership accelerated time-to-market for cable MSOs wanting to launch premium VoD services with early release content from Hollywood studios, offering a safe choice for MSO customers who increasingly request SeaChange to provide watermarking technology as part of its solutions offering.
Alex Terpstra, CEO for Civolution, said the technology was proven and met the studios’ requirements for Home Premiere content, released ahead of DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The solution is designed to be compatible with any VoD streaming server and all CAS and DRM encryption systems. The watermark embedding itself is performed on a per-VoD transaction basis upon streaming the content to the viewer by SeaChange or third party VoD servers.
The watermark detection from suspected pirate video samples, available through Civolution’s web-based automated NexGuard – Detection Service, helps content rights owners to identify the source of piracy with a fast turn-around in case of content theft. Civolution VoD watermarks can be automatically detected without the need for original content.