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New DISH Network DRM Patent Aims to Kill IPTV

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DISH Network has recently secured a novel patent that aims to enhance the security of content delivery across both streaming platforms and conventional cable TV DVRs. The underlying goal of this innovative system is to fortify the safeguarding of content, thereby creating a more formidable barrier against the illicit streaming of DISH’s and other cable companies’ content by unauthorized IPTV services over the internet. This strategic move signifies DISH’s commitment to combating unauthorized distribution and ensuring the integrity of their content delivery technology.

DISH has developed a novel Digital Rights Management (DRM) system with the intention of effectively thwarting the capacity of IPTV services to circumvent existing DRM measures. This proactive step underscores DISH’s determination to counteract unauthorized efforts aimed at bypassing content protection mechanisms.

DISH Network’s newly established DRM patent is characterized by the following description:

“Systems, devices and automated processes provide robust, computationally-efficient and secure protection of media content or other electronic data stored on a user-supplied storage device through the use of efficient file system encryption. Only certain portions of the content are encrypted by the host device, thereby reducing the computational demand in comparison to encrypting all of the content. By selecting the particular portions to encrypt, the formatting and structure of the stored data can be concealed, thereby making the use of the unencrypted content very difficult, if not impossible. In implementations based upon the XFS file system, for example, the superblocks that store header information about the files stored on the drive can be encrypted, thereby rendering the unencrypted content.”

It’s not uncommon to find the intricacies of DRM technology confusing, and you’re certainly not alone in that regard. In essence, the key takeaway is that DRM measures in cable boxes were compromised some time ago. However, DISH has developed a new and more robust DRM system, aiming to significantly raise the bar for potential breaches. This enhanced DRM system is anticipated to pose greater challenges to IPTV services attempting to unlawfully stream content from DISH and other similar companies.

DISH has achieved a significant milestone by securing a U.S. Patent that grants the company the ability to market and deploy this advanced technology. This patent not only safeguards conventional broadcast TV delivered through cable and satellite methods but also extends its protective umbrella to encompass streaming services as well. This achievement underscores DISH’s commitment to enhancing content security across multiple platforms, ensuring a more comprehensive and fortified defense against potential breaches.

In recent times, DISH has taken a proactive stance in fighting unauthorized streaming activities conducted through IPTV services. DISH has emerged as a trailblazer in this effort and has secured several favorable court rulings aimed at curbing IPTV services. These legal victories have resulted in not only halting the operations of certain IPTV services but have also led to instances where the proprietors of such services have been subject to legal consequences, including imprisonment. DISH’s resolute actions underscore their commitment to upholding content rights and deterring illicit streaming practices.

It appears that DISH is now pursuing a strategy to disrupt numerous IPTV services by obstructing their capability to extract content from their set-top boxes for the purpose of online streaming. This tactic is aimed at severing the link between these services and their primary source of content, thereby impeding their ability to distribute unauthorized streams over the internet. By targeting the source of content extraction, DISH aims to further fortify its efforts to curtail the activities of such IPTV services.

The question remains whether other broadcast companies will purchase this DRM technology from DISH.  IPTV services that currently leach from DISH channels will probably jump to other services that don’t use this type of technology.

What are your thoughts on this new DRM patent secured by DISH?  Let us know in the comments section.

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14 thoughts on “New DISH Network DRM Patent Aims to Kill IPTV”

  1. The post states that it effects their cable boxes. Am I right to assume that if you have your own cable box and router that they can’t block you from accessing “illegally” streamed content at that point?

  2. I suggest everyone rise up against their governments and companies like ace or mpaa and demand piracy be made legal our governments can’t kill us all. And besides even if they did who would they rule over like nazis like they are doing now when everyone would be dead?

  3. Dish TV has screwed many paid customers just look in their BBB complaints there are thousands of them, ripoff report, you name it, they are not respected at all. I dumped Charter because the services was so bad I moved over to iptv and yes I pay for those services so I’m going to continue using IPTV over and over because Dish TV will not try to get me to move back to the same greedy TV companies. I left about 3.5 years ago I couldn’t be happier and if they’re trying to use patent technology to scare people it’s not going to work for me. I will pay for outside services and will use stuff internationally if I have to. Dish TV is no friend to their own customers besides IPTV users, I encourage more people to dump Dish TV and go to IPTV is anything, that will stir them very quickly if people did this everywhere.

  4. It will be interesting to see how quickly someone discovers how to get around this randomly placed encryption. A couple of weeks or months? I always think of how a young boy broke Sony’s copy protection scheme for CDs with a felt tip marker almost overnight. Companies have tried to implement copy protection schemes since the days of VCRs and audio tapes. If companies would sell their products at reasonable prices instead of trying to extort people, there would not be this ridiculous cat and mouse game.

  5. If a paying customer can view the stream, then it can be relayed/restreamed on unverified IPTV services. I wonder who is doing the consulting work for DISH Network. They got to be making a ton of cash from scamming them. Accordingly, It should be easy for me to sell DISH Network some magic beans.

  6. Had Dish for years and then they dumped me, even though I was paying and not cheating in any way. Never figured it out. Calling them for help, l I got some very foreign person with incomprehensible English. It’s a chaotic outfit and I’m glad to be rid of them.

  7. Complete garbage, good luck to them, people are still going to go around their features, why because they are still in need to send a signal to the setup box. So instead of getting the signal after they will go around it and get it before, Dumb and dumber game.
    I am a Direct TV (and by the way same with the Dish network)client or better said, I was. In Miami, their system is always down, basically 1 3rd of the time, because the bad weather, rain, hurricanes and others, and they always have an excuse, I do not see them giving rebates because their system is garbage. SO they deserve what is coming to them, as they are CROOKS their self’s.

  8. I think it is just another big corporation trying to screw the american public by forcing them to pay them the big dollars most can not afford. I also think if they spent those hundreds of thousands of dollars in ala carting packages so you did not have to pay for channels you never watch people would have come to them instead of cutting the cord

  9. If they would lower their cost of service, there would be no need for this extra security. Someone will find a way around this system, it’s just a matter of time.

  10. I think these companies that implement stricker DRM “rules”. Aren’t realizing that consumers aren’t going to pay for what they think is worth it. In other words. Would I go buy a LP album if I really don’t like the bands music. ? No I would copy someone’s CD Instead.. they aren’t “losing” monies they weren’t going to get anyways…

    1. We have been cracking DRM for a while, meanwhile you will bleed customers just because of your use of DRM that were doing nothing wrong. Laughable

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