NexGuard watermarking baked into home theaters

Jan. 3, 2018
Kaleidescape, a manufacturer of home-theater movie players and servers, has deployed NexGuard forensic watermarking technology ...

Kaleidescape, a manufacturer of home-theater movie players and servers, has deployed NexGuard forensic watermarking technology.

NexGuard's watermarking solution has been integrated in Kaleidescape's movie players to protect high-value video content, including early release and 4K/UltraHD movies with high dynamic range (HDR). Forensic watermarking is mandated by the "MovieLabs Specifications for Enhanced Content Protection," which covers content protection features for advanced video.

"Kaleidescape's Movie Store relies on strong relationships we continue to establish with the world's leading content owners for the highest quality, finest films and TV programming offered to subscribers," said Cheena Srinivasan, founder and CEO of Kaleidescape. "Content protection, copy protection, and anti-piracy measures that we implement set the highest bars for premium content. With increasing customer appetite for theatrical content at a premium price, it is important to offer a higher degree of assurance to content owners. NexGuard provides exactly what the content owners are seeking to deter piracy at its source, and to continue to grow our high-quality movie service offerings."

NexGuard forensic watermarking adds a unique, invisible identifier to video content. The watermark remains with the content, even in the case of transcoding, resizing, downscaling, camcording or other alteration.

Harrie Tholen, managing director at NexGuard, said: "It's no secret there is a direct correlation between the freshness and quality of content on the one hand and piracy threats on the other. It is down to the entire industry to join forces and fight back. Forensic watermarking, which acts as a deterrent for would-be pirates, has a very important role to play in supporting high-value content deals. Through working with innovative companies such as Kaleidescape, who provide consumers with a premium home cinema experience, we are looking forward to protecting the new era of early release home entertainment."