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Cobalt Digital Launches
FAST-STREAM OTT Platform
C

obalt Digital has launched its
FAST-STREAM OTT platform for
Frame-Accurate SCTE Trigger (FAST)
insertion and enhanced H.264 OTT
streaming.
FAST-STREAM OTT is the first system
of its kind to be able to insert data
frame-accurately into baseband video
as prescribed in the SCTE
specifications.
Built with terrestrial overthe-air,
direct-broadcast
satellite, terrestrial cable/
MSO, and over-the-top
(OTT) Internet streaming
providers in mind, the FAST-STREAM
OTT system interfaces with automation
and uses timestamps to insert SCTE
104
metadata
frame-accurately
and deterministically into baseband
SDI. It then performs high-quality
H.264 encodes designed to meet
sophisticated delivery requirements
in real time. Importantly, during the

compression stage, the system takes
the SCTE 104 messages from the SDI
input and converts them to SCTE 35,
which it then uses to reorder the group
of pictures (GOP) so the I-frames line
up with the trigger messages that were
inserted at the baseband stage. This
benefit contrasts with the typical, less

part of our metadata-management
lineup, helping content providers
realise more revenue by enhancing old
workflows or defining new ones," said
Jesse Foster, Cobalt Digital's Director
of Product and Business Development.
"FAST-STREAM OTT integrates Cobalt's
baseband SDI processing knowledge

precise method, whereby automation
triggers insertion of a basic preloaded
SCTE 104 message as close to the
intended frame as possible.
"Many of our customers live by the
old adage that 'content is king,' which
is why metadata management is one of
our key product categories. The FASTSTREAM OTT platform is a critical new

with our video-compression expertise,
resulting in a complete linear playout
processing and encoding package for
VOD and OTT."
FAST-STREAM OTT replaces a
standalone SCTE 104 inserter and
H.264 encoder by integrating them
into a single compact, high-density
appliance. The entire platform fits

in a 2RU Cobalt HPF-9000 frame
or openGear OG3-FR frame with
redundant power supplies.
The system is available in single- or
dual-channel configurations, and one
2RU openGear frame will support
six FAST-STREAM OTT channels. In
another first for the industry, the
system is available with
an x86 computer module
that sits in the 2RU frame
alongside the FAST-STREAM
OTT
modules,
taking
advantage of the dual loadsharing power supplies and
high-performance cooling.
FAST-STREAM OTT is intended as a
set-it-and-forget-it system that, once
configured, runs under automation.
Remote monitoring and control are
possible via the DashBoard Control
System or SNMP, and built-in SNMP
alarming alerts operators to any
problems.

Location Detection Combats
Video Piracy - GeoGuard
The Chairman and Co-Founder of GeoGuard, David Briggs, examines how
location fraud detection technology is paramount for OTT and streaming
providers to help protect their high-valued licensing and content...

V

ideo piracy is a huge issue for the
TV and media industry: US$18.5
billion in media revenue is lost per
year. With the rise in broadband and
OTT platform availability, today's
consumers are as likely to watch film,
TV and sports content online as they
are on a set-top box - resulting in a
propensity to use circumvention tools
to get the content they want, when
they want it and at the price they want

"More needs to be done...
to tackle widespread
forms of piracy - like
VPN usage"
David Briggs, GeoGuard

(often for free thanks to the availability
of free-to-air OTT broadcasters).
A virtual private network (VPN) is
one of the most common ways to spoof
a location, enabling users to access
data across shared or public networks
as if their devices were directly
connected to a private network. In fact,
up to 40% of Internet users in some
markets admit to using VPNs to access
content illegally and 60% of them
admit to using their VPNs on a weekly
basis.
Failing
to
safeguard
against
circumvention methods has major
implications for those involved in
the creative process and on local
content providers. Each time piracy
is committed, actors, makeup artists,
special effects engineers and sound

technicians
lose
hardearned
revenue.
Local
markets are reduced to
passive bystanders with
limited ability to control
what premium content is
seen in their jurisdictions, or
accessed beyond its borders for free.
GeoGuard offers location fraud detection to
mitigate risks of user location spoofing
Fortunately,
the
industry
is
recognising the threat piracy presents. new mandates like the impending
Earlier this month, 30 high profile EU copyright rules on the horizon for
content creators and entertainment 2018, there is a clear need to improve
companies - including Disney, Amazon, content protection now.
HBO and Netflix - launched an antiOTT providers, content owners and
piracy coalition, Alliance for Creativity rights holders need to identify which
and Entertainment. More needs to be of their systems are prone to fraud of
done, however, to tackle widespread all kinds, including location fraud, to
forms of piracy - like VPN usage.
ensure that their valuable, premium
As the threat of geo-location piracy content remains in the hands of
continues to evolve, coupled with legitimate viewers.


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