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Technology for securing content and preventing piracy falls into two categories: technologies that identify and allow tracking of content and technologies that restrict access to content. Digital fingerprinting, watermarking, conditional access, and digital rights management are all solutions to help secure content. Digital fingerprinting and watermarking technologies play a significant role in identifying copyrighted content that is being distributed or accessed illegally and...
 
by Glenn Hower | Dec. 28, 2015
Tags: digital content, OTT, pay TV, security
It seems this fall has been a great time for streaming services in the United States.  Google has introduced its ad-free YouTube Red and YouTube Music services, available free of charge to Google Play subscribers, and now T-Mobile has expanded its unCarrier approach to video as well as music. I'm talking about T-Mobile's new Binge On feature, available to subscribers of T-Mobile's 6GB plans or higher.  Last year T-Mobile introduced Music Freedom, a feature that offered...
Earlier this month, Netflix made an unpopular (but at the same time necessary) decision to raise prices. The price hike was $1 per month and only applied to its second tier of service, which includes HD video and allows for two simultaneous video streams. Speculation arose that the Netflix price increase was tied to issues with password sharing, which Parks Associates covered heavily in The Cost of Piracy earlier this May. Naturally, this reignited the conversation surrounding OTT...
 
by Glenn Hower | Oct. 19, 2015
Tags: digital content, digital media, online video, OTT, streaming
I just finished attending AT&T’s annual industry analyst summit. This two-day event provides the analyst community a first-hand, interactive experience with AT&T’s leadership team. As usual, the event not only offered the latest visions from AT&T, but also allowed us to hear and probe AT&T’s reasoning and approaches behind their initiatives. Here are the five things that I believe AT&T has done differently, and better, than its archrival Verizon....
Credential (password) swapping has become a popular form of piracy in the connected world, one that has received little attention from service providers and content owners when compared to other forms of piracy like signal piracy, physical media piracy, and file sharing. Credential sharing has a measurable impact on video services, particularly in the OTT video service area, which impacts young subscribers most substantially. The impact on OTT video revenues— an estimated $500 million...
 
According to a recent article in Multichannel News , Verizon Communications has signed a multiplatform deal that will allow the telecom to offer HBO's streaming video service, HBO Now, to more than 100 million of Verizon's digital customers, as well as to non-Verizon mobile device owners. Verizon will offer HBO on its mobile-first video service and to stand-alone broadband customers for $15 a month. According to Parks Associates director of research Brett Sappington , at the...
 
Mio Babic , President & CEO at iStreamPlanet , offers insight into how OTT services are the key to the home entertainment market: What is the most important next step to engage consumers in smart home solutions, connected entertainment services, and/or value-added services like tech support and connected health?      The next step in the transition from traditional television broadcast to connected OTT services is to provide a consistent,...
Today, Parks Associates released industry reports that address the emerging opportunities, partnerships, and strategic recommendations for the connected CE industry. The report Under Attack: Assessing New Threats to Pay TV notes that while consumers watch over 30 hours of video per week on average, the number of households planning to cancel their pay-TV service (potential cord-cutters) has also increased, reaching 7% of U.S. broadband households with pay-TV service. "The...

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