NAGRA, Portugal’s NOS Combat Broadcast and Streaming Piracy of Benfica Soccer

NAGRA and NOS, Portugal’s leading communications and entertainment company, are stepping up the fight against broadcast and streaming piracy of Benfica soccer league matches. NOS, which owns the rights to Benfica games and the distribution rights for the Benfica TV channel, will leverage NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services to fight broadcast piracy – also known as control-word sharing – and streaming piracy of Benfica content across the web, social media, and illegal IPTV services.

“Our goal at NOS is always to provide our subscribers with the highest quality content and the best viewing experience and this is especially important with live sports events such as the Benfica soccer games,” says José Pascoal, Service Platforms Senior Director at NOS. “In order to continue serving our customers in the best way possible, we need to preserve the value we deliver to consumers and ensure that this premium content is only delivered through the legitimate value chain. NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services were the natural choice to help us deliver on that objective.”

“We’re delighted to support NOS and BenficaTV as they ramp up the fight against live sports piracy in Portugal and we will be with them every step of the way,” says Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice President, Anti-Piracy at NAGRA. “By complementing their existing NAGRA content protection technology with our anti-piracy services, NOS can now take a holistic approach to fighting piracy working through a single entity that will not only address the growing threat of streaming piracy but also continue to fight control-word sharing piracy in the region.”

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services help service providers, content owners, and sports rights holders improve their defense against all forms of piracy – from open and highly visible piracy on the internet and social media, to control-word sharing and illegal commercial IPTV piracy services – by combining deep intelligence about global pirate networks with real-time monitoring, takedown and litigation services, on-the-ground expertise, and forensic watermarking technologies.

Join NAGRA at the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid on November 28-29. In the session “Protecting premium live sports from streaming piracy” on November 28 at 16:00, Simon Trudelle, Senior Director Product Marketing, along with other panelists, will address how rights holders and broadcasters can protect their streams and prosper in the new OTT economy, and to what extent the challenge of monitoring streaming activity and protecting copyrighted sports content has grown more complex.

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