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Sony Pictures Networks Deploys Cisco’s Services to Fight off Piracy

Protects Premium Channel Distribution with Cisco VideoGuard Everywhere and Cisco Integrated Receive Decoders

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is launching several new HD channels in the Indian market to further expand the entertainment options for its viewers. SPN has chosen Cisco VideoGuard Everywhere to secure their primary content distribution to a wide variety of devices.

SPN, which handles the diversified interests of Sony Pictures in India, includes a motion pictures corporation (MSM Motion Pictures), television distribution business (MSM Media Distribution) and digital entertainment business that operates the OTT service Sony LIV.

Security for video is top of mind for executive leaders throughout the motion picture, broadcast and media entertainment industries, as video piracy continues to cost them billions of dollars annually. Digitizing entertainment platforms comes with higher risks of piracy, as hackers find ways to steal top shows and movies through new methods of file sharing and illegal streaming methods.

The continued growth of unauthorized pirate redistribution of premium content, consuming almost a quarter of peak Internet bandwidth, is robbing media companies of their licensing fees and constituting unfair competition to service providers.

Cisco VideoGuard Everywhere was specifically designed to fight and effectively stop all forms of video piracy from creation through distribution to consumption and beyond. It is a software-based video service protection solution encompassing conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM).

SPN will also deploy the Cisco D9800 Network Transport Receiver (NTR) with advanced security controls. The integration of the VideoGuard Everywhere Conditional Access Module (CAM) with the Cisco receiver enables SPN to support advanced security functions, including highly secure forensic watermarking to investigate and trace back the source for any illegal redistribution of content.

Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director, Sales, India and SAARC, Cisco said, “As one of the leading regional satellite operators in Asia Pacific, Sony Pictures Networks India will now be one of the most advanced and secure content distribution platforms in Asia Pacific. This launch reinforces our commitment to the broadcast and media market, and Cisco is proud to be partnering with SPN for the launch of their new HD channels.”

NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks said, “Our content is our most valuable asset. Securing that content from piracy and today’s sophisticated hackers is a top priority for us. Our work with Cisco to deploy an advanced security solution across our network and content distribution platforms will help us protect our premium content for subscribers.”

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