Civolution’s NexGuard Forensic Watermarking Technology Added to USL’s Integrated Media Block
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing media content, announces that its NexGuard – Digital Cinema forensic watermarking technology has been incorporated into the latest Integrated Media Block (IMB) product, a central element of the Digital Theater equipment from USL Inc., a leading provider of solutions for the film and entertainment industry. The audio and video watermarking protection provided by Civolution’s NexGuard – Digital Cinema meets all current requirements from Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI), and helps producers, distributors, theater chains and anti-piracy agencies deter camcording piracy, and restore lost revenues across the industry.
“The film industry is impacted by billions of dollars in lost revenues due to the illicit recording and redistribution of movies still in their theatrical release windows,” said Jack Cashin, President at USL, Inc. “By integrating Civolution’s NexGuard – Digital Cinema forensic watermarking technology into our IMB product, we can now offer content owners the strongest content protection and piracy deterrence system available, and help decrease these lost revenues.”
“Theft and illicit redistribution affect the movie industry from top to bottom,” added Jean-Michel Masson, SVP Watermarking Operations, Civolution. “At the initiative of Hollywood Studios, the use of forensic watermarking has been made a key element of the specifications put forth by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) aimed at curbing still-rampant camcording piracy. Civolution is proud to be empowering film producers, distributors, anti-piracy agencies and theater chains in their fight against content theft.”
USL, Inc is now swelling the list of companies already integrating Civolution’s NexGuard – Digital Cinema watermarking technology in discreet and integrated media blocks installed throughout the world. These solutions allow an ever-growing audience of moviegoers to continue to enjoy the experience of Digital Cinema.
Civolution’s NexGuard forensic watermarking solution covers practically every step in the lifecycle of entertainment content, from pre-release to digital cinema, payTV satellite/cable/IPTV and online delivery of professional and consumer content, and has become the most prevailing name in the industry for imperceptible, non-intrusive and robust technology to deter piracy.
Civolution (www.civolution.com) is the leading provider of technology and solutions to identify, manage and monetize media content. The company offers an extensive portfolio of cutting edge digital watermarking and fingerprinting applications for media interaction (www.syncnow.com – accurate and real-time video synchronization for 2nd screen and smart TVs), media intelligence (audience measurement and media monitoring for television, radio and internet) and media protection (content filtering and forensic marking of media assets in pre-release, digital cinema, payTV and online). Follow us on Twitter: @Civolution.
About USL, Inc.
USL is engaged in the manufacture, research and development, and sale of motion picture sound, audio equipment, sound process controls and visual test equipment. The Company through direct sales and its dealer network provides equipment to most major studios and theater chains. In addition, USL’s equipment and products are utilized by independent theaters, production companies, and sound stages. Under the USL name and trademark, Ultra*Stereo equipment is sold and used in every country in the world.