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BT and ATEME partner to combat piracy

BT will employ ATEME's encryption technologies to protect satellite uplinked content

BT and video infrastructure company ATEME are working together to combat piracy of of premium subscription-based content.

The partnership will see BT employ ATEME’s encryption technologies to protect satellite uplinked content. BT will then offer the technology to its media and broadcast customers around the world to help reduce the number of illegal streams.

BT is the first in the UK to provide the industry with ATEME’s encoder which uses BISS-CA (Basic Interoperable Scrambling System Conditional Access) encryption, which it first used during BT Sport’s coverage of the FA Community Shield in August. Since then BT Sport has continued to use the encoder to protect its coverage of the Premier League this season.

BT said that by using ATEME’s encoder, its media and broadcast unit will be able to deliver the highest video quality at minimum bitrates with minimum latency, while keeping broadcasts secure. ATEME’s encoder can be used across a variety of systems and software and determines the origin of an illegal stream with content being watermarked. Media rights holders can also grant and revoke receiving rights in real time, securing broadcasts from the source to its end destination.

Dominik Wrona, head of TV outside broadcast, BT, said: “For BT it’s imperative that we protect broadcasters from the threat of illegal piracy and ensure that those watching the content legally are getting the best viewing experience possible, wherever they are in the world. By incorporating ATEME’s encoder in to our satellite solutions we’re able to provide customers with the greatest efficiency and security while also maintaining the highest video quality standards for content in the UK.”

Julien Mandel, contribution segment manager, ATEME, added: “As one of the leading sports broadcasters in the UK, BT has to protect the content it transmits across the country from the threat of piracy. With BISS-CA inscription integrated in to our solutions and provided as a simple software upgrade, BT can now be even more confident that the content it is transporting for their global media and broadcast customers is well-protected. We are pleased to know that BT is using the strongest tool to provide to its clients a secure delivery.”

The BISS-CA encryption is an open, interoperable and secure standard of the BISS protocol with dynamic rolling key support for encryption to help broadcasters in the fight against piracy.