In the booming video streaming universe, many things happen from year to year. New streaming services appear on the scene, new markets open, and new users connect to the Internet and start watching more and more video. This is a major challenge for Internet infrastructure, and it requires effective solutions to maintain such rapid growth. Therefore, dozens of new promising technologies come out.
Naturally, new opportunities always go hand in hand with new threats. As for video streaming, digital piracy evolves sometimes even faster, capturing leadership in this technological race. Will the market ever have the ultimate solution for piracy prevention? We can't be sure. But we must safeguard against taking any step backward from the level of content security that we have already achieved.
In this article, we dive into some technical aspects of the content protection measures applied by content delivery networks — CDNs — that are streaming live and VoD content. We also take a very close look at the specifics of peer-to-peer CDNs, and we discuss how threats have changed and how protection measures must also change accordingly.