Irdeto Survey: Nearly One-Third of US Consumers Watch Pirated Content
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:09:53 -0500
A new survey by digital platform security specialist Irdeto found that 74% of US consumers said that producing or sharing pirated video content is illegal. Conducted online by YouGov, the survey also found that 69% of respondents think that streaming or downloading pirated content is illegal. While a majority of consumers are aware of piracy and are able to recognize pirated content, that knowledge isn’t preventing many consumers from pirating. Nearly one-third (32%) of respondents said that they watch pirated content.
With many consumers eager to pirate content to seek out the programming they desire, pirate businesses continue to grow. According to Irdeto, content owners, movie studios, and operators need to continue to introduce innovative product offerings, as well as invest in additional content protection strategies, to prevent pirates from stealing additional market share.
In addition, the survey found that when told that pirated video content can result in studios losing money, meaning they cannot invest in creating content, 39% of consumers said that this knowledge has no effect on the amount of pirated video content they want to watch. Even more concerning is that only 19% of respondents said that the financial damage caused by piracy would stop them from watching pirated content altogether. However, many consumers do fully understand the negative impact piracy has on the content creation business. When consumers watch pirated video content such as movies, TV series or live sports, it results in content creators losing money that would be dedicated toward future video content, while also typically benefiting criminal organizations.
“The negative impact that piracy has on the content creation industry extends much further than lost revenue,” says Lawrence Low, VP of Business Development and Sales, Irdeto. “Piracy deters content creators from investing in new content, impacting the creative process and providing consumers with less choice. It is becoming increasingly important for operators and movie studios to educate consumers on the tactics employed by pirates and to further promote innovative offerings that allow consumers to legally acquire content.”
In regards to the most popular pirated content, the survey found an even split between consumers who prefer to pirate movies and TV shows. 24% of consumers who watch pirated content are most interested in watching TV series. An additional 24% of respondents are most interested in pirated movies that are currently showing in theaters. The survey also found that consumers are interested in pirating DVD and Blu-ray movies (18%), live sports (10%) and OTT original content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and others (9%).
“Education on the impact of piracy to consumers is an important element of an anti-piracy strategy,” says Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Services, Irdeto. “It is important for content owners to educate themselves on the three elements of consumer choice when selecting a service: content, value and convenience. To avoid pirates stealing market share, content owners and operators need to make sure they are implementing a comprehensive, 360-degree anti-piracy strategy that includes watermarking, detection and enforcement.”
The research was commissioned by Irdeto and conducted online from December 29, 2016 – January 3, 2017 by YouGov. Total sample size was 1,190 US adults (aged 18+). The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).
Leader Electronics Adds Five-Bar Display Capabilities
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:32:43 -0500
Leader Electronics has added five-bar display capabilities to the LV5490 4K-UHD/HD/SD multiscreen waveform monitor. This forms part of a major software upgrade (to version 3.2) which was announced at InterBee 2016 and will make its first European appearance at Broadcast Video Expo 2017.Co-exhibiting on stand J08 with UK channel partner Boxer Systems Limited, Leader will be represented at BVE by Koichi Fukugawa and Kevin Salvidge.
Designed for use by engineers or camera operators, the five-bar display is a popular feature on Leader’s LV5333 and LV5770 3G/HD-SDI test instruments. Its addition has frequently been requested by LV5490 customers.
Incoming SDI signals are converted into five cyan bargraphs providing simultaneous display of maximum and minimum luminance, red-component, green-component, blue-component and composite levels. Gamut errors are displayed as red excursions beyond the legal thresholds.
Correct adjustment of luminance level using bar 1 as a reference provides a fast and easy way of checking that a picture is optimally exposed, avoiding highlight clipping or crushing.
The R, G, and B graphs (bars 2, 3, and 4 respectively) are supplemented by a highly visible alert if any color components are out of gamut.
Bar 5 provides similar warning of positive or negative levels being exceeded if the output is integrated for delivery as a composite channel.
Each bar is displayed as a linear percentage scale. Supplementary features include line selection and display, a low-pass transient-error filter and a range of user presets.
In its multiscreen mode, the LV5490 can display five-bar and additional user-selected reference content such as R, G and B waveforms on its internal monitor or rasterized output.
Version 3.2 software is now part of all newly delivered LV5490 instruments and will be available as a free download to the existing customer base.
Straight Path To Pay $100M Fine In Failure To Deploy Investigation
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:57:11 -0500
The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today announced a settlement valued in excess of $100 million with Straight Path Communications to resolve an investigation of Straight Path’s failure to deploy wireless services as required under its FCC spectrum licenses.
The Enforcement Bureau investigated allegations that Straight Path violated the Commission’s buildout and discontinuance rules in connection with approximately 1,000 licenses in the 39 GHz and Local Multipoint Distribution Service GHz spectrum bands. These high frequency bands have been identified by the Commission as extremely valuable for use in the next generation evolution of wireless technology or “5G.” To settle this matter, Straight Path will pay to the United States Treasury a $100 million civil penalty, surrender to the Commission 196 of its licenses in the 39 GHz spectrum band, sell the remainder of its license portfolio, and remit 20 percent of the proceeds of that sale to the Treasury as an additional civil penalty.
“Squatting on spectrum licenses without any meaningful effort to put them to good use in a timely manner is fundamentally inconsistent with the public good,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. “Wireless spectrum is a scarce public resource. We expect every person or company that receives a spectrum license to put it to productive use.”
In November 2015, a pseudonymous source (“Sinclair Upton”) published a report alleging that Straight Path obtained renewal of its 39 GHz band licenses from the FCC by submitting filings incorrectly claiming that they had constructed systems that in fact were never built. TheFCC requires license holders to use this licensed spectrum and verify that use in “substantial service” filings to the Commission. In July 2016, an internal investigation by Straight Path concluded that equipment had been deployed only for a short period of time at the original transmitter locations, and that no equipment was present at the time of this investigation at the majority of the relevant locations.
To resolve the investigation, Straight Path will pay two civil penalties and surrender approximately 20 percent of its 5G licenses to the FCC. For the $100 million civil penalty, Straight Path will pay $15 million upfront with $85 million suspended unless Straight Path sells all its remaining licenses or surrenders them to the FCC within 12 months. Twenty percent of any sale proceeds will also be paid to the Treasury as an additional civil penalty.
The Commission has established construction and discontinuance requirements, including licensing rules, to promote the productive use of spectrum, to encourage licensees to provide service to customers in a timely manner, and to promote the provision of innovative services.
As has been the case since its establishment as the Federal Radio Commission, one of the core missions of the Federal Communications Commission is to ensure productive and beneficial use of wireless spectrum. Thus, license holders are required to ensure that they utilize spectrum for which they were awarded a license in ways that adhere to the commitments made to the Commission.
Shure, QSC To Integrate Shure Microflex Networked Mics and Entire Q-SYS Platform
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:06 -0500
QSC, LLC and Shure Incorporated have announced an expanded level of integration between Shure Microflex Advance and Microflex Wireless microphones with the entire Q-SYS Platform. The partnership includes the release of new control plug-ins for the Shure MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone and Microflex Wireless microphone systems. The latest Q-SYS Designer Software v5.3 update enables a multitude of audio connectivity options including audio integration via Dante, analog audio as well as AES67. Simple setup and configuration is assured with the addition of a detailed quick start guide to integrate audio and control between the Shure and QSC systems.
The Shure MXA910 Control plug-in, co-developed by QSC and Shure, allows a myriad of different audio control, preset recall, and monitoring functions on the MXA910 from the Q-SYS platform using Q-SYS peripherals and touch screen controllers. Because the MXA910 control plug-in is decoupled from the audio integration method in Q-SYS, it lets the integrator use the plug-in for control while being able to choose between different audio transport methods, whether that be via analog audio using the Shure ANI series, the Q-SYS Dante Bridging card, or the newly-introduced AES67 software support on the Q-SYS Core processor series.
By using AES67 as the audio integration method, every Q-SYS Core processor in the platform can be easily integrated with the MXA910 without any additional hardware bridging devices or software licenses. This includes the class-leading Q-SYS Core 110f, offering the industry’s most cost effective pairing of DSP, AV Bridging, and Control with its 16 channels of AEC, which can accommodate up to two MXA910s in a single rack space over a single network connection.
The setup guide, also co-developed by QSC and Shure, provides step-by-step instructions on how to integrate the MXA910 with Q-SYS using AES67 for networked audio streaming and the built-in plug-in for control and monitoring of the MXA910 from Q-SYS.
The Shure MXA Control Plug-in and setup guide will be available with the release of Q-SYS Designer Software v5.3 in early January 2017.
FCC Warns of Debt Collection & Other Financial Service Scam Calls
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:16:25 -0500
The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be aware of callers falsely offering lower credit card payments or interest rates, credit card debt relief, and improved credit scores. These scams can be more common during and after the holiday season when many consumers carry more debt than at other times of year.
The FCC has received a growing number of complaints from consumers about scammers claiming that they can offer debt relief or refinancing opportunities to reduce account balances or interest rates. Some of these callers falsely claim to be monitoring the consumer’s credit or loan payment history. The victim is illegally asked for credit card numbers or personally identifiable information in false attempts to “help,” then is threatened, harassed, or intimidated if they refuse to comply with the scammer’s demands. These scammers then attempt to use the account information to make unauthorized purchases or access funds for fraudulent purposes.
If you are unclear if a caller is legitimate, hang up, look up the company’s phone number independently on your recent statement or their legitimate website, and contact them through an official number, web form or email address to see if they called you. By initiating the communication yourself, you can verify that the request for payment is legitimate.
Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this type of scam should immediately report the incident to local police, to the Federal Trade Commission’s Complaint Assistant, to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Complaint Page, and to the FCC’s Consumer Help Center. If the scammer claims to represent a legitimate financial institution, consumers should inform those companies as well.