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OSN fights ICC Cricket World Cup piracy

by Digital Studio Middle East Staff on Apr 28, 2015


Tackling piracy: Mark Billinge, CTO, OSN.
Tackling piracy: Mark Billinge, CTO, OSN.

OSN, the MENA region's biggest pay-TV network, has eliminated over 60% of the illegal links of the top matches at the recent 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, and interrupted illegal viewing for over 50% of the audience who were accessing pirated content, further bolstering its anti-piracy efforts.

OSN worked with Viaccess-Orca, a specialist in the protection and enhancement of content services, for a “proof-of-concept” project to combat the real-time distribution and viewing of illegal content, using its Eye on Piracy solution.

“OSN is at the forefront in fighting the menace of TV piracy, which stifles the growth of the industry,” said Mark Billinge, CTO at OSN. “We have invested significantly in ensuring high quality transmission of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup live to our subscribers. Being one of the most sought-after live events, the tournament was highly targeted by unauthorised content distributors.

“Addressing it was imperative to ensure that the best interests of our subscribers were not compromised and also to dissuade any act of TV piracy that is a blatant violation of intellectual property rights,” Billinge added.

The CTO said that by collaborating with Viaccess-Orca, OSN was able to monitor and stop “a significant number” of illegal streams during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to protect OSN's content rights.

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