MStar Features Verimatirx Forensic Watermarking Technology in UHD STB Solutions

MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading global semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, today announced that it has integrated Verimatrix VideoMark™ forensic watermarking technology into its system-on-chips (SoCs) for UHD set-top boxes (STBs), as well as its OTT/IP STB.

As a result of the collaboration, MStar’s STBs now meet the redefined security requirements for UHD/4K video services as described in the MovieLabs Specification for Enhanced Content Protection.

VideoMark defends directly against the content redistribution attacks that are becoming much more common as a result of higher quality content being more widely available for transmission over fast broadband networks. Watermarking also makes it possible to detect where infringing content streams are coming from and so enable detection. Integrating VideoMark with MStar’s SoCs enables operators to securely, robustly and imperceptibly embed identifying information within copies of premium media content to help establish secure end-to-end chains of custody. VideoMark is a featured component of VCAS Ultra™, the next-generation of the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) architecture.

“Verimatrix takes a multi-pronged approach to UHD revenue security that encompasses hardware-based security, trusted software security, and forensic watermarking,” said Petr Peterka, CTO, Verimatrix. “We are uniquely positioned to provide a balanced, integrated approach to security that supports all three of these elements, and we are pleased to work with MStar to help augment their hardware-based security initiatives.”

“With growing demand to acquire Ultra HD content, the content distribution market is responding with cutting edge technologies that comply with Studios’ requirement. We are committed to providing the highest level of security for our customers,” said Wayne Tsai, Marketing Director at MStar. “With this in mind, we chose to partner with Verimatrix and deploy its sophisticated VideoMark technology as the company is a pioneer in the practical application and commercialization of forensic video marking solutions.”