MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

Verimatrix and Harmonic Partner to Enable Streaming Content Protection at SaaS Speed

Verimatrix, | July 25, 2022 | Read time : 02:28 min

Verimatrix and Harmonic Partner to Enable
Verimatrix, (Euronext Paris: VMX) (Paris:VMX), the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security,  announced that Harmonic is one of the first partners to integrate its cloud platform with Verimatrix StreamkeeperSM.

Designed to reduce streaming video service deployments from months to minutes and reaching the greatest amount of consumer devices, Streamkeeper Multi-DRM enables video service providers to securely stream with content security delivered from a highly scalable and globally redundant platform. The Streamkeeper Multi-DRM service is designed from the ground up to delivery studio endorsed best practices for content protection, with meticulous focus on ensuring superior video viewer experiences. Streamkeeper, at large, is a suite of novel and adaptive cybersecurity technologies that include and go beyond DRM to allow video service providers to manage revenue risk in a world of continuously changing threats from video piracy. It is available in multiple tiers and includes features such as Multi-DRM, a real-time performance dashboard, on-call support integrations and alerts, individual device risk scoring, anti-piracy countermeasures, and much more.

Integrating Verimatrix Streamkeeper with Harmonic’s VOS™360 cloud platform ensures customers will experience next-generation secure video streaming that harnesses the combined power of two highly-trusted industry leaders.

The Harmonic VOS360 platform makes it simple to launch and manage end-to-end video cloud workflows. Capitalizing on the company's expertise in video processing and delivery, the VOS360 platform embeds market-leading state-of-the-art microservices, including compression, packaging, origin and SSAI, in a unified software solution for next-gen cloud-based streaming. By pre-integrating the VOS360 platform with Verimatrix Streamkeeper, current and new customers can realize the combined benefits of security at scale with a rapid launch for OTT deployments on the cloud.

We’re pleased to announce Harmonic, a cloud leader in the industry, as one of the inaugural integration partners for Streamkeeper, said Asaf Ashkenazi, Chief Operating Officer and President at Verimatrix. Combining innovative, proven cybersecurity and anti-piracy technologies with Harmonic’s well-known video processing and delivery platform creates a cloud-based, one-stop-shop for OTT service providers, enabling them to gain immediate business value and peace of mind for their content.”

“By integrating Verimatrix Streamkeeper with our VOS360 cloud platform, we are transforming how operators stream video, Running on cloud, our solution is flexible, scalable and secure, enabling exceptional-quality streaming experiences to be delivered at scale.”

-Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development at Harmonic

About Harmonic
Harmonic, the worldwide leader in virtualized cable access and video delivery solutions, enables media companies and service providers to deliver ultra-high-quality video streaming and broadcast services to consumers globally. The company revolutionized cable access networking via the industry’s first virtualized cable access solution, enabling cable operators to more flexibly deploy gigabit internet service to consumers’ homes and mobile devices. Whether simplifying OTT video delivery via innovative cloud and software platforms, or powering the delivery of gigabit internet cable services, Harmonic is changing the way media companies and service providers monetize live and on-demand content on every screen. More information is available at www.harmonic.com.

About Verimatrix
Verimatrix (Euronext Paris: VMX) helps power the modern connected world with security made for people. We protect digital content, applications, and devices with intuitive, people-centered and frictionless security. Leading brands turn to Verimatrix to secure everything from premium movies and live streaming sports, to sensitive financial and healthcare data, to mission-critical mobile applications. We enable the trusted connections our customers depend on to deliver compelling content and experiences to millions of consumers around the world. Verimatrix helps partners get to market faster, scale easily, protect valuable revenue streams, and win new business. Visit www.verimatrix.com.

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From the filming process through post-production and on into distribution and projection, every facet of the entertainment industry is eager to obtain the artistic, operational and economic benefits of digital technology. Yet the migration from analog to digital presents several challenges, not the least of which is installing the interoperable networking equipment necessary to achieve those benefits.

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From the filming process through post-production and on into distribution and projection, every facet of the entertainment industry is eager to obtain the artistic, operational and economic benefits of digital technology. Yet the migration from analog to digital presents several challenges, not the least of which is installing the interoperable networking equipment necessary to achieve those benefits.

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LG Smart TVs Get Global ACR Upgrade, Legacy Technology Replaced By ACR From LG Ads Solutions

LG | September 16, 2022

LG Ads Solutions, the connected TV and cross-screen advertising service, announced a global rollout of its proprietary automatic content recognition (ACR) technology across LG TVs globally. The rollout will replace legacy technology, and put the new ACR solution on millions of smart TVs across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Australia.As of September, LG Ads Solutions will be the exclusive provider of all LG CTV inventory and data on a worldwide basis. The rollout covers 27 countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia. ACR provided by LG Ads Solutions is already active on LG smart TVs in the U.S. Chief Executive Officer Raghu Kodige said, This ACR rollout marks the next major phase of our global CTV advertising business with LG Ads Solutions. It is a highly significant moment for brands across four continents, who increasingly need to reach cord-cutters and light-TV viewers who have migrated to OTT services, and to understand incremental reach over traditional linear TV services. Now with LG Ads Solutions, brands globally can plan, activate, and measure CTV advertising using the industry’s best ACR data set to help guarantee campaign success. “Since the LG Ads Solutions launch, the team has created tremendous momentum for the business globally. This ACR rollout is another great milestone that demonstrates their drive, commitment to excellence, and dedication to bringing the best possible advertising solutions to brands and agencies around the world.” -Chris Jo, Senior Vice President, Head of Platform Business at LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company, The ACR data, which is in global and regional compliance with all consumer data privacy regulations, helps brands understand, in an anonymized fashion, which TV ads have aired, or not aired, and how many times, in any given household. For brands, this means it can increase frequency levels for underexposed households, cap frequency for overexposed households, conquest households that are exposed to competitor’s ads, and more. Of major importance, it informs brands and agencies which households they are missing completely due to cord-cutting. The data can also be used to measure the effectiveness of the ad. Two use cases, for example, are that it can determine if an ad drove viewers to a particular TV show or movie, or if it drove downloads and registrations to an OTT app or service. LG Ads Solutions already powers CTV campaigns in over 40 countries globally. Now, brands in any country covered by the ACR rollout can immediately begin working with LG Ads Solutions to understand TV audience viewership in their country at a granular level, in order to pinpoint granular audience segments and to optimize reach, frequency, and ad effectiveness across linear and streaming television. About LG Ads Solutions LG Ads Solutions is the leading connected TV and cross-screen advertising service, helping brands find hard-to-get unduplicated reach at optimal frequency across the fragmented TV landscape, and maximize return on ad spend. The company brings together LG’s years of experience in delivering premium home entertainment products to consumers worldwide, with big TV audience data and Video AI designed to connect brands with audiences across all screens and understand resulting business outcomes. We are growing fast globally, and we are hiring! Contact us at info@lgads.tv.

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Amazon Celebrates Prime Members With New, Exclusive Offers and Experiences

Amazon Prime | July 08, 2022

Ahead of Prime’s biggest savings event exclusively for members, Prime Day on July 12-13, Amazon announced new offers and experiences exclusively for members. Starting today, Prime members in the U.S. can enjoy a free, one-year Grubhub+ membership with no food-delivery fees on eligible orders. Members can use this new perk in more than 4,000 cities with hundreds of thousands of restaurants across the country when ordering on Grubhub. Amazon is also announcing exciting, exclusive Prime member content for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Additionally, Amazon is also unveiling exclusive deals for Prime members ahead of Thursday Night Football’s anticipated launch, as well as exclusive experiences for members at the upcoming Ultimate Crown streamers vs. gamers battle featuring MrBeast and Ninja.In anticipation of Prime Video’s most eagerly awaited new series launching on September 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Prime members globally can enjoy 48-hour advance access to a never-before-seen 60-second exclusive sneak peek starting today. This week, Amazon also surprised lucky Prime members from around the world with an opportunity to attend the London Global Premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in August. Ahead of the first exclusive Thursday Night Football game kicking off on Prime Video on September 15, Amazon is offering members Prime Day savings a week early. Exclusive deals range from home entertainment devices, like Fire TV smart TVs, to fan gear for members to prepare their living rooms and get ready for game day. “Being the first to watch a sneak peek of one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2022 or ordering your favorite takeout while watching a football game on a TV you snagged for a great price—that’s the promise of Prime, and there’s never been a better time to take advantage of all the membership has to offer, Prime already delivers great value for members. These new exclusive offers and experiences show how a single Prime membership unlocks a whole world of potential.” -Jamil Ghani, vice president of Amazon Prime. Whether members want to have an epic, cinematic experience streaming the new The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series or order wings for their game-day parties, Prime has them covered—all within their one membership. For visual assets related to this news, visit aboutamazon.com/primeexclusives. Get Your Grub On Starting today, all Prime members in the U.S. can get even more delivered to their door with a Prime membership. Members can now enjoy a free, full one-year Grubhub+ membership valued at $9.99 per month—at no added cost to their Prime membership. To activate this deal, members simply visit amazon.com/grubhub. This new offer includes unlimited, $0 food delivery fees on orders over $12 as well as exclusive perks for Grubhub+ members and rewards like free food and order discounts. Plus, diners can “eat good while doing good” by opting into Grubhub’s Donate the Change program, a donation-matching initiative that raised more than $25 million in 2021 alone, benefiting more than 20 charitable organizations across the country. Additional terms and eligibility rules apply. Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside Middle-earth The highly anticipated series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world on Friday, September 2. J.R.R. Tolkien’s fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history takes center stage in this epic drama set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. In this 60-second sneak peek, available as a first-look exclusively to Prime members for 48 hours starting July 6 at 3 a.m. EDT, an ominous sign in the night sky raises questions for the inhabitants of Middle-earth. Prime members can sign into their account and go to amazon.com/RingsOfPower to view the exclusive sneak peek of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and add the series to their Watchlist. This week, 20 Prime members around the world who added themselves to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Watchlist on Prime Video were the lucky recipients of an exclusive invitation with a guest to attend the London Global Premiere in August of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. For these lucky fans of Middle-earth, this will be an unforgettable experience. Deals to Kick-Off Football Season Right The first ever Thursday Night Football game exclusively on Prime Video is right around the corner. Legendary announcer Al Michaels and Emmy-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit will be in the booth for Thursday Night Football, which will include fan-favorite interactive features like X-Ray and Next Gen Stats powered by AWS. Anchor Charissa Thompson hosts the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows, with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman serving as analysts. In anticipation of Thursday Night Football’s kickoff on Prime Video on September 15, Prime members will have access to exclusive deals on home entertainment devices and more, along with some Fan Shop deals on NFL-licensed products. Fans can upgrade their living rooms for an optimized Thursday Night Football watching experience with deals on Fire TV smart TVs and streaming sticks. Score deals on NFL licensed products in the Fan Shop: Save up to 15% now through July 11 on home accessories (including bed comforters, blankets, beach towels, and more) and electronics (including Bluetooth speakers and earbuds, wireless charging mousepads, and more). 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Confluent Releases HashiCorp Terraform Provider to Simplify and Accelerate Multi-Cloud Data Streaming

Confluent, Inc. | July 20, 2022

Confluent, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFLT), the data streaming platform to set data in motion, announced the Confluent Terraform Provider as part of its Q3 ‘22 Launch. Developed in partnership with HashiCorp, a leading provider of multi-cloud infrastructure automation software, the Terraform provider exposes Confluent Cloud APIs for simple, consistent, and automated management of mission-critical data streaming resources, including cloud environments, Apache Kafka® clusters, networks, topics, connectors, and more. Now, engineering teams can easily integrate data streaming within CI/CD workflows and GitOps processes on AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, enabling them to launch real-time applications faster and avoid the high operational costs and risks tied to manual resource provisioning. The need to stay ahead of customer demands is fueling the shift to technology stacks powered by data streams and cloud technologies,said Ganesh Srinivasan, Chief Product Officer, Confluent. With our HashiCorp Terraform integration, organizations get the power of data streaming across all major cloud providers with the simplicity of infrastructure as code and automation. This means developers have safe, reliable access to the infrastructure resources they need, so they can focus on building applications that truly move the needle for their businesses. Data streaming is increasingly essential to deliver the real-time experiences today’s customers demand and data-driven operations businesses need. But developers building and launching data streaming applications with open-source Apache Kafka are often blocked, waiting for access to infrastructure resources. Those requests are usually handled by a small team of experts who support the entire business and a highly complex tech stack. These teams can easily get bogged down in time-consuming, manual processes for managing infrastructure, which quickly puts new developments behind schedule. Manual provisioning also introduces high levels of risk, which is unacceptable when data streaming is powering a business’s most sensitive, mission-critical use cases. Integration with a proven tool like Terraform can save time, speed up new releases and add even more security. “Helping our customers save time and money with smart, real-time inventory management solutions is dependent upon widespread use of real-time data streaming throughout our entire business, With Confluent’s Terraform Provider, we’re able to completely automate our infrastructure deployments as code with no sacrifice on quality or security. With consistent, version-controlled deployments managed through a tool our teams already know, we’re able to move quickly and maintain focus on new, value-add projects.” -Rolando Berrios, Director of Engineering, Okedo The Confluent Terraform Provider gives engineering teams easy access to the full set of data streaming resources they need, ranging from Kafka clusters and private networks to service accounts and ACLs. With provisioning and management of data streaming infrastructure automated throughout all clouds, the benefits of real-time data can scale across the entire business to fuel faster innovation from a wider set of teams. With the new Terraform provider, teams can: Reduce complexity and risk with infrastructure deployments managed as code and deployed through automated GitOps integration. Increase developer autonomy and productivity with consistent, version-controlled access to data streaming environments, Kafka clusters, Kafka topics, and more. Integrate Confluent deployments within existing cloud workflows on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud using standardized resource management tooling, pipelines, and processes. "The new, verified Terraform provider for Confluent makes provisioning critical data streaming resources simple and reliable, It automates deployments within existing CI/CD workflows across all major cloud services so organizations can easily access the real-time data they need for innovation with far less time focused on infrastructure management.” -Burzin Patel, VP, Global Partner Alliances, HashiCorp Confluent’s quarterly launches provide a single resource to learn about new capabilities available on the leading data streaming platform. Other highlights include Independent Network Lifecycle Management: One of the biggest challenges faced when scaling data streaming workloads is the ability to provision networking resources efficiently without adding operational burdens. Confluent’s new REST APIs and Terraform support for network lifecycle management promote networks to be a first-class resource, enabling organizations to scale data streaming workloads independent of network connectivity. This lets engineering teams reuse existing network connections for multiple clusters and gain granular access control of network resources through the new RBAC role for network admins, which significantly reduces manual toil. User Login Monitoring: As a data streaming deployment grows, it becomes increasingly important to keep a close eye on who is accessing a platform and what those visitors are attempting to do with data. Confluent added user login monitoring to its extensive library of auditable events, making potential data breaches easier to spot. Now, security groups can see a full list of all users who successfully log into a Confluent Cloud account. This way, organizations can quickly find the bad actors who would otherwise be hidden within the noise of expected activity. This helps ensure no breaches occur that would expose sensitive data, cause downtime, or tarnish brand reputation. About Confluent Confluent is the data streaming platform that is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure that sets data in motion. Confluent’s cloud-native offering is the foundational platform for data in motion—designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can meet the new business imperative of delivering rich, digital front-end customer experiences and transitioning to sophisticated, real-time, software-driven backend operations. To learn more, please visit www.confluent.io. The preceding outlines our general product direction and is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality. The development, release, timing, and pricing of any features or functionality described may change. Customers should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features, and functions that are currently available. Confluent and associated marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Confluent, Inc. Apache® and Apache Kafka® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. No endorsement by the Apache Software Foundation is implied by the use of these marks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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