Shrinking release windows? SeaChange International can support that. SeaChange's VOD systems can now deliver watermarked video through a new arrangement with Civolution.

SeaChange VOD systems can be upgraded with Civolution's NexGuard forensic watermarking technology.

The ability to discourage content piracy is critical for cable operators looking to launch Home Premiere services, as mandated by the Hollywood studios to grant access to early window content, SeaChange noted.

"Our partnership accelerates time to market for cable MSOs that want to launch premium VOD services with early release content from Hollywood studios," said Paul de Bot, general manager of back office and monetization at SeaChange.

Civolution's NexGuard application for cable VOD includes a content pre-processing phase to smooth integration, scalability and maximum streaming performance – in MPEG-2 or H.264. 

To offer the most efficient operations upon content ingest, the pair said, pre-processing is available either as a plug-in for transcoders or as a transparent standalone application able to pre-process content already prepared for cable distribution.

The solution is designed to be compatible with any VOD streaming server and all CAS and DRM encryption systems. The watermark embedding itself is performed on a per-VOD transaction basis upon streaming the content to the viewer by SeaChange or third-party VOD servers.