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Content Protection

If it’s premium content, it has to be protected, both to facilitate monetization and to thwart would-be pirates. Check here for the latest news, trends, and analysis of all manner of content protection

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Features

The 2021 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Award Winners

New entrants join old standbys in our annual survey of readers' preferred technical solutions

Blockchain and NFTs: Power to the Creators

Some say NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are a novelty, a status symbol for the crypto rich, and a bubble that's bound to burst. Others argue that NFTs will fundamentally change business models in the creative industries. It's early days, but there's plenty of momentum behind NFTs and blockchain. Here's what you need to know.

The Streaming Media 50: The Most Important Companies in Online Video Tech

Our annual Streaming Media 50 rounds up the most important, most interesting, and most innovative solutions providers in online video. You'll find names both familiar and unfamiliar here, as newer entrants join market veterans. So who made the list? Read on ...

The 2021 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists

Nearly 2,000 readers voted in 22 categories. We'll announce the winners later this month, but here's a tease—the top three vote-getters in each category. And you just might be surprised at the names you see.

Spotlights

DVEO Executive Predictions: NEXTGEN TV and AVOD/FAST Continue to Grow in 2022

ATSC 3.0 and ad-supported streaming services will lead the way this year, while blockchain, NFTs, and the Metaverse will take a more significant role in the broadcast and media industry.

EZDRM: View from the Top 2021

Security is becoming multi-dimensional. The gold standard of DRM is now frequently used in conjunction with watermarking, geo-fencing, etc. to offer a fuller envelope of glass-to-glass protection, a trend that likely will accelerate as integration standards become normalized and costs are driven down by robust, cloud-based service options.

CEO Interview: Christopher Levy, BuyDRM

We spoke with BuyDRM CEO and co-founder Christopher Levy about how his company is keeping up with the demand, how CMAF is changing the video landscape, and how watermarking and DRM are working hand-in-hand to thwart piracy.

Executive Interview: BuyDRM CEO & Founder Christopher Levy

Streaming Media VP Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen and BuyDRM CEO and founder Christopher Levy talk about digital rights management for premium content, AVOD, and screeners, as well as the importance of low-latency DRM.

Columns

Where Does Your Media Fit Into Web3?

Look beyond the hype and the monkeys. NFTs, blockchain, and other elements of the new decentralized web—Web3—have serious implications for video creators and publishers.

Long Live (A Different) DRM!

A blockchain-based, ledger-and-wallet approach promises a digital rights management that's just as effective as anything we have now, with the benefit of being more consumer-friendly.

The Math Behind the Magic

Whether we're talking about content delivery, player performance, live events, or even DRM, it's important to understand the algorithms that make streaming video tick.

Rampant Piracy Is the Elephant in the Live-Streaming Room

Tokens? Watermarking? DRM? Content owners try them all, but as of today there's no foolproof solution. Perhaps the way forward isn't with higher walls, but new experiences.

Content Protection Companies and Suppliers