MultiChoice prohibits the sharing of DStv passwords

Irdeto, a completely owned division of MultiChoice, has stated that it has expanded the capabilities of its digital rights management system to address password sharing and piracy. Irdeto is a security company that creates tools and services for the video game and entertainment sectors. Since 1997, it has been a MultiChoice division.

It announced on Sunday that it had extended the functionality of its Irdeto Control “multi-DRM solution”. This involves increasing its enforcement across a wider area and managing many streams simultaneously. Operators may establish and monetize their on-demand solutions, said Irdeto, with the update.“using diverse concurrency models based on subscriber, content, and device segmentation”.

Simply put, Irdeto Control enables streaming service providers to restrict content access on their platforms according to user payment amounts, Depending on how much they charge, they can limit the number of a particular kind of device that can stream simultaneously on a single account or give subscribers a variable number of concurrent streams.

“With these new capabilities, pay-TV operators and media companies are enabled to quickly introduce new (over-the-top) business models and accelerate revenue growth by addressing new customer segments and increasing average revenue per user,” Irdeto stated.

Recently, MultiChoice restricted the ability of DStv subscribers to stream video to more than one device at once. All DStv bundles in Africa are subject to the streaming cap, which severely disadvantages MultiChoice’s streaming-only offerings. While someone else is streaming, subscribers can still access content that has already been downloaded. The modification had no effect on Showmax

In the weeks following its implementation, the crackdown on streaming caused problems for a number of subscribers, with legitimate consumers encountering error warnings when trying to watch DStv. Additionally, it destroyed Google’s Chromecast and Apple’s AirPlay wireless screen casting. MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela said the company intends to permit more simultaneous streams per home three months after making the adjustment.

“We should be able to get a solution on that to deploy,” Mawela said. At the time, he did not give a timeframe for when people could expect the solution.“In the meantime, we did not want this to be an ongoing problem, and we responded responsibly by limiting streaming to one device,” he said.

Irdeto Control

Irdeto Control concurrent stream management replaces the conventional player-based heartbeat system, which necessitates unique creation for each device and player, with DRM-based “heartbeats,” which the business says are more safe and more accurate.

“Irdeto’s unique approach is app agnostic and does not require custom code to be developed or maintained at the application or platform level,” it said.“It prevents any attempt to circumvent the systems’ heartbeats, enabling operators to accurately enforce content and service usage rules in real-time.”

Irdeto Control adds the ability to ban and whitelist IP addresses of subscriber devices for pay-TV providers and streaming services. According to Irdeto, this gives the option to apply geo-restrictions at the subscriber, content, or both levels. “Based on subscribers’ location, operators can deploy targeted strategies by country, region, or city,” the company said.“The new capabilities also include innovative tools to detect and block VPN and proxy services, impeding any attempt to circumvent the geo-restrictions.”Along with these new features, Irdeto also announced that Widevine SDK is now co-hosted as part of Irdeto Control as Hosted Widevine Services. “This new offering provides additional benefits to operators and media companies with improved user experience (low latency), managed change control, and dedicated monitoring capabilities to guarantee the required scalability and resiliency for high-profile events,” Irdeto said.

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