IBC 2015: Friend MTS scores Premier League pay-TV security



| 11 September 2015

Ramping up the integrity of its global pay-TV licensees' OTT and TV everywhere streams, the English Premier League is calling on Friend MTS to beef up protection of its live football broadcasts.

Using its global Internet monitoring system, and network forensics capability, Friend MTS will identify where security weaknesses in the crown jewels of English pay-TV are being exploited, and then notify the Premier League. "Protecting the distribution of our live games across all video platforms is paramount to us and our broadcast partners," explained Kevin Plumb, head of legal services for the Premier League. "By working with Friend MTS we will be able to identify any platform leaks, thereby ensuring that they can be fixed quickly."

Added Friend MTS CEO Jonathan Friend: "The Premier League is always innovating and evolving in its approach to piracy, and our new partnership will enhance this further by identifying real-world exploits of platform security vulnerabilities. By making it harder for licensed services to become sources for piracy, and preventing cascading cases of 'pirates pirating pirates', this degrades the quality of illegitimate services and reduces the economic threat to rights holders."