From Startup to Blue Chip: Pirates rapidly grow illegal offerings to compete for your business

New data from Irdeto indicates that content theft by pirates has become a full-fledged business. According to the data, today there are more than 2.7 million advertisements on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba for illicit streaming devices. These ads can also be found on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and other prominent social media platforms. In addition, data from SimilarWeb shows that the growth in global traffic resulted in more than 16,460,000 visits per month to the top 100 pirate IPTV supplier websites. Typically, consumer choice comes down to content, value and convenience. Pirates exploit those three needs by offering services and devices that rival their legal counterparts. These strategies and numbers not only indicate that pirates are becoming more business savvy, but that they are now formidable competitors to established pay TV operators.

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Consumers demand choice: What this means to your pay media business

Consumers expect to watch the content they want, at any time, on the device they prefer. Meeting these requirements in a world of increasing online video consumption means supporting all major DRM’s and being able to easily configure policies across all of these. This infographic shows what this looks like.

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Getting the most out of your premium (4K UHD) content

4K UHD is coming! And with it comes new opportunities as well as challenges. These challenges include impacts to existing business models in terms of device resolution, encryption levels, bandwidth and scaling. Let’s not forget, the work needed to meet the MovieLabs specification. But the good news is that if done right, your whole subscriber base can benefit from 4K UHD content. This infographic shows you how.

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Mission possible: Eliminate points of OTT failure

While some broadcast and pure OTT operators are achieving 500% growth year over year with their OTT services, others struggle to get theirs off the ground. What sets the OTT winners apart is knowing the potential points of failures and having a proactive strategy to eliminate them. Now, for your eyes only, we share the mission briefing to help you achieve OTT success.

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The Horror of Piracy

This infographic depicts the scary movies and TV shows being pirated around the world in the lead up to Halloween. From October 14, 2015 to October 23, 2015, Irdeto investigated piracy trends of some of the most popular horror movies and TV shows released in the past 45 years, finding that illegal peer to peer downloads increased by 21%. This included classics like Night of the Living Dead, new movies like Hotel Transylvania 2 and popular scary TV shows like the new season of The Walking Dead.

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And the Winner for the Most Pirated Motion Picture is...

This infographic shows a global heat map of illegal downloads for Academy Award nominated films, as well as potential revenue of leaked Hollywood screeners.

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Piracy on the Pitch: The 2014 World Cup in Illegal Streams

This infographic illustrates piracy figures gathered by Irdeto’s Network Operations Center (NOC) and anti-piracy teams stemming from the FIFA World Cup 2014. Irdeto’s intelligence revealed that several unexpected matches were hot targets for piracy, emphasizing that you can’t always predict where piracy will hit. Across the globe, Irdeto successfully disrupted 3,743 streams, impacting a potential 10.6 million illegal views.

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Digital Piracy Report: Where are Seeders Putting Down Roots?

In the continuum of global digital piracy, the largest category of offenders are "casual pirates" and are represented by the seeders who upload and share pirated content and the leechers who download and consume it. This infographic depicts the highest ranking seeders and leechers.

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Has Multi-Screen Reached the Tipping Point?

View this infographic to gain insight into how multi-screen services are becoming a defining aspect of how consumers will choose pay TV services.

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Media Consumption 2014: Your Way, Right Away

This infographic identifies the different categories of media consumers that exist today - and what they want.

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