DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga, the German football league, has selected content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider NAGRA as a partner in its fight against illegal content sharing of live Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches over the Internet via IPTV.
As IPTV piracy has grown exponentially and becomes mainstream news in recent months, the DFL has chosen to leverage NAGRA’s anti-piracy services and global intelligence network to track, monitor and stop illicit sharing of the league’s Bundesliga championships for the 2017-18 season. This will protect the value of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches for both the DFL and DFL licensees around the world.
“Piracy today takes on many different forms, in particular with plug-and-play, Kodi add-on-based devices capable of streaming content to the big screen. A new approach is required to fight illegal online content distribution and return viewers to the legitimate video value chain,” said Frédéric Guitard, Vice President Anti-Piracy NAGRA. “We are excited to partner with the DFL and provide them with the latest tools and strategies to limit the impact of piracy on their business and preserve their content investment. NAGRA’s unique combination of forensic watermarking, takedown capabilities, technical countermeasures, legal actions and global network provides the DFL with the right foundation to beat piracy at its source.”
NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services enable sports rights holders, content owners and service providers to understand and manage today’s piracy ecosystem and the various piracy methods in operation around the world – from key sharing to content sharing and streaming (IPTV) piracy. They provide deep intelligence about global pirate networks with real-time monitoring, takedown and litigation capabilities to counter illegal online content and protect a content owner’s bottom line. Combined with the company’s industry-leading content protection technologies card-based and cardless conditional access and NexGuard forensic watermarking, they help both service providers and content owners create the ultimate closed-loop approach to piracy to secure, mark, monitor, detect, identify and act.