The British mid-market private equity firm LDC has invested in Sohonet, an international provider of connectivity, collaboration software, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry. LDC’s investment will support the existing management team, led by CEO Chuck Parker, to further build on its international growth strategy and explore complementary acquisitions.
In the MovieLabs white paper The Evolution of Media Creation, we outlined a vision for implementing true cloud-native production workflows. In that vision media production moves outside of the security perimeters that protect individual facilities such as post-production and VFX companies and becomes a virtualized security system to protect all of those involved in production workflows. These workflows transcend organizations, and simply stated, protecting them requires a new approach to security.
In the wake of the pandemic, New York-based Little Cinema has deployed Verimatrix watermarking and digital rights management technologies for its virtual premieres and previews. A digital studio, Little Cinema has partnered with Netflix, ABC, CBS, HBO Max, and Warner Media to produce virtual premiere events for an industry that used to rely solely on in-person debuts.
Canal+ Group and the Kudelski Group have shut down a piracy organization based in Canton of Vaud in the Lake Geneva region that delivered French-speaking on-demand content to thousands of customers. It is the first piracy shutdown of its kind in Switzerland. The operation is the result of a criminal complaint from Canal+ Group and Nagra, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group, to the Vaud Police, which led the effort with the support of Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, and Eurojust, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation.
DejaSoft has released version 3.2 of DejaEdit to further expand its Avid remote file sharing software and to support Microsoft Azure secure storage. Another major highlight includes the safeguarding of project files with robust prior encryption before they are directed to an assigned media server chosen by the customer.
The Digital Citizens Alliance and Nagra have jointly an investigative report showcasing how illegal piracy subscription services in the United States have grown into a billion-dollar industry that steals from creators, circumvents legitimate TV operators, and poses risks for consumers. The report, entitled Money for Nothing, details how a sophisticated ecosystem of thousands of retailers and wholesalers – through content theft and enabled by legal businesses – provides illicit piracy services to at least nine million U.S. households.
Nagra, part of the Kudelski Group, has announced the application programming integration of NexGuard forensic watermarking technologies into Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video transcoding service from Amazon Web Services. The API provides content owners, and any third-party working on premium content, with an added layer of security and traceability for their pre-release and early release content workflows, and simplifies the watermarking process for file transcoding and streaming content preparation.
Nagra’s IP Blocking solution has won the top spot in the Protecting Content and its Value category of the Videonet Connected TV awards.
Nagra, a Kudelski Group company, has exceeded 1.5 billion multi-digital rights management licenses served by its cloud-based security services platform for the Airtel Xstream app. Airtel Xstream is the digital entertainment platform of Bharti Airtel, India’s largest integrated telecom company. Built as an India-first video network for premium digital content, Airtel Xstream offers more than 10,000 shows and movies, and 350 live TV channels.
Nagra, a Kudelski Group company, has launched a new forensic watermarking plug-in for editing and collaboration workflows on Avid's Media Composer video editing software. The NexGuard Plug-in for Editing Software allows studios, content owners and post-production houses to ensure protection of high-value assets when sharing pre-release content such as feature films or TV series with their editing department, reviewers or their creative agencies.