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NOS using NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services to protect Benfica soccer games from all forms of piracy

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NOS, the Portuguese cable provider and one of Europe’s most innovative Pay TV operators, and Benfica TV are stepping up the fight against broadcast and streaming piracy of Benfica league soccer matches, using NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services. A new initiative to combat illegal activity started this season, covering both Portugal and overseas territories.

NOS owns the rights to Benfica games and the distribution rights for the Benfica TV channel. The upgraded protection will cover control-word sharing for broadcast streams and unauthorised online redistribution across the web, social media and illegal IPTV services. NAGRA will provide an extensive portfolio of anti-piracy services including real-time monitoring, takedowns, litigation and investigative support.

“We need to preserve the value we deliver to consumers and ensure that this premium content is only delivered through the legitimate value chain,” says José Pascoal, Service Platforms Senior Director at NOS. “NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services were the natural choice to help us deliver on that objective.”

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services combines deep intelligence about global pirate networks with its countering technologies and services, plus on-the-ground expertise and forensic watermarking technologies. Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice President, Anti-Piracy at NAGRA, says: “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.”

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