AMC Network Combats Walking Dead Hoard-ers

AMC, “The Walking Dead” mid-season premier aired on the 14th of February 2016. The episode titled; “No Way Out” earned record shattering statistics. “The Walking Dead” is the television adaptation to Robert Kirkman‘s comic book series.

The Horror, Drama is one of the most popular television series to date. Within twenty-four hours 1.29 million illegal downloads occurred for “The Walking Dead” S6 E9. In 2015, the popular Zombie series ranked second as the most pirated television series. These figures are not benefiting American cable and satellite television network, AMC. Business solution company, Excipio provides the above mentioned figures.

“The Walking Dead” is now in it’s sixth season. The plot follows a group of survivors living during a zombie apocalypse.

To protect assets and crackdown on the piracy AMC partnered with NexGuard. The New York City based company provides forensic watermarking system and solutions for media. The technology is currently in place with major Hollywood studios. The way the technology works is as follows:

  • “The Walking Dead” (and other AMC programing) receives a forensically watermark in post-production
  •  The unique identifier makes it possible trace the distribution of content worldwide
  • Content can also be presented secure on a global scale.
  • The unique identifier will make it possible for AMC to track content daily access over a number of distribution methods.

Steve Pontillo, Executive Vice President  & Chief Technology Officer of AMC Networks commented on AMC’s partnership with NextGuard. Pontillo stated the following:

“…Viewers all over the world demand day-and-date access to their favorite AMC Networks content. It is paramount for us to protect our assets when they are at their most valuable. NexGuard’s watermarking technology enables AMC Networks to trace the source of potential illegal copies of each video asset; this enhanced content security is a powerful deterrent against piracy and protects our revenue and that of our distribution partners.”

Harrie Tholen, Managing Director of NexGuard issed the following statement:

“…Series from AMC Networks, including “The Walking Dead”, finished the year among the top ten most popular and viewed series on television worldwide.” “…We are delighted to work with AMC Networks to deploy our forensic watermarking technology to protect this valuable content.”

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