IBC 2015: Irdeto’s hair-rasing ‘Piracy Lounge’

Irdeto's global piracy heat map

Irdeto’s global piracy heat map

At IBC, Amsterdam

IP&TV News is fairly confident it has found the most compelling consumer pay-TV offering at this year’s IBC…

See what you think of this. It’s a small, elegant set top box with over 500 channels of the world’s best general entertainment and live sports, encompassing every leading UK and US broadcaster (allowing you – for instance – to enjoy everything from the Premier League to the Super Bowl). It comes with a VOD library of over 600 premium movies. You can watch the service across multiple devices, anywhere and anytime – and the box has the capacity to plug in and play instantly on any device, with full technical support and a money-back guarantee….

Sounds like the ultimate premium offering? Well, best of all is the price. The entire package for a year is just $500, device and all.

The only catch? It is, of course, a pirate product – one of the new wave of streaming set top boxes able to offer unprecedented choice and technical security to the less ethically inclined consumer.

You can see it – and others like it – in action at content security expert Irdeto’s hair raising Piracy Lounge exhibition at this year’s IBC. If you’re in the business of making or distributing content, it makes for a somewhat hair raising (if compelling) half an hour. The quality between the legitimate and illegitimate options is compared and contrasted – as are those websites respectively offering legitimate and illegitimate pay-TV packages. And guess what? In both cases, they are difficult, and at times almost impossible, to tell apart. Indeed, if you are able to distinguish the two throughout the demo Irdeto even have a fancy pirate hat as a reward (less discerning visitors have to make do with a still fetching skull and crossbones eyepatch).

Naturally, it isn’t all bad news for legitimate media at the Piracy Lounge, as visitors are also be shown Irdeto’s cutting edge watermarking, fingerprinting and automated content removal approach, part of a holistic and effective counter strike against the content pirates that has gained them clients such as the Premier League.

It’s easily one of the highlight of this year’s IBC. Go check it out!

Irdeto is showcasing its security services and future-looking technology at IBC in Hall 1, Stand 1.D51.

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