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castLabs joins ASiD watermarking program to protect OTT devices

ASiD service can stop streaming piracy “within minutes”

Content and revenue protection specialist Friend MTS has announced that castLabs has joined its ASiD Watermarking Partner Program in a bid to better protect premium content from streaming piracy on OTT connected devices.

Friend MTS’ ASiD service uses global channel monitoring with fingerprint-based content recognition, which integrates with watermarking for subscriber identification.

According to the company, once the ASiD service is “allied” with the concurrent stream-limiting (CSL) functionality of castLabs’ DRMtoday, it can stop streaming piracy “within minutes” to secure live channels, PPV events and on-demand assets.

“Integrating Friend MTS’ ASiD subscriber watermarking within our PRESTOplay video player SDKs, alongside our DRMtoday DRM licensing service and existing content protection functionality, bolsters our protected playback offer for our customers”, said Dr Susanne Guth-Orlowski, VP business development and sales at castLabs. “This meets the needs of many premium content providers that are mandating subscriber level watermarking, especially for premium live services.”

Simon Hanna, partnerships director at Friend MTS, added: “It’s great to see castLabs join other OTT player providers in the ASiD Watermarking Partner Program. We’ll continue to expand this program during 2018, and will be partnering with set-top box SoC suppliers, middleware vendors, application developers and system integrators.”