Security and protection of video content, as well as subscriber data, is a top priority for content owners, aggregators and distributors across the streaming media value chain. Breaches in security can not only undermine subscriber trust and confidence, but threaten revenue as well. The Security Working Group is focused on defining a variety of content and service-level entitlements that are implemented by the programmer or operator and enforced within the network or client to impose content and network usage rules as well as best practices on handling privacy of consumer information related to streaming video.


The Streaming Video Technology Alliance Security Working Group has three objectives. First, to identify critical data elements to collect for subscription-based online streaming video services; second, to describe the different methods by which to safeguard this data during storage and usage; and third, to define best practices for safeguarding video content from unauthorized access or theft.


Below are presentations delivered during working group sessions. Click on the presentation name to open it (many files are for members only and will require authentication) and a presenter name to view their profile. Note: if a presenter’s profile is not public, it will redirect to their LinkedIn page.

Carlsbad F2F: Privacy and Protection WG Slides


Presented by Kei Foo

Presented by Mike Wilkinson

Costs of Piracy (SVA Lisbon)


Presented by Lawrence Low

History of Piracy


Presented by Kei Foo

Presented by Mike Wilkinson

Licensing: Setting the Protection Bar


Presented by Andy Lucas

Presented by Arthur Cuyugan

Privacy and Protection WG Session


Presented by Kei Foo

Presented by Mike Wilkinson

Privacy Working Group OTT Streaming Security Checklist


Presented by Brian Paxton

Presented by Kei Foo

Presented by Mike Wilkinson

Privacy Working Group CDN Protection Best Practices


Presented by Brian Paxton

Presented by Kei Foo

Presented by Mike Wilkinson

Current Issues in Content Security


Presented by Alex Lee

Privacy Working Group Session


Presented by Kei Foo

Presented by Mike Wilkinson

Challenges and Concerns with VPN Use by Residential Customers


Presented by Brian Paxton

Privacy Working Group Session Presentation


Presented by Brian Paxton

Presented by Kei Foo

Presented by Ken Gerstein

Presented by Mike Wilkinson

Security Working Group Session Presentation


Presented by Brian Paxton

Survey of Streaming Security Threats


Presented by Brian Paxton

State of Video Piracy


Presented by Rodrigo Fernandes

Presented by Molly Belson

Presented by Norbert van der Laan

Secure the CDN


Presented by Jon Herd

Securing Streaming Media Paper Update


Presented by Matt Tooley

Sky Security Overview


Presented by Kieron Edwards

Watermark Scalability


Presented by Jaap Haitsma

Presented by Jean-Philippe Plantevin

Watermarking Latency


Presented by Alain Durand




SVTA5009: Forensic Watermarking Implementation Considerations for Streaming Media

The piracy of online video content is a significant issue for content owners and distributors. This document explains the technology of watermarking and how it can be employed, in various methods, to secure video against theft.


SVTA5019: Securing Streaming Video

The ability to prevent piracy, take down illegal content, and act against illegal sources are key objectives of content protection. Meeting these objectives requires the use of a variety of technologies including watermarking, Digital Rights Management (DRM), fingerprinting, and cryptography. This document examines and discusses the streaming video system to provide best practices for protecting and securing streaming video content for both content providers and distributors to ensure content is being used as intended by those who it was intended.


SVTA5054: Securing Media Players

This document identifies the vulnerability points inherent in streaming video players and proposes some of the industry best practices to ensure content is protected while not impeding viewer access or a high-quality viewing experience.


SVTA5056: OTT Streaming Security Checklist

As more direct-to-consumer Over-the-Top (OTT) apps are making their way to the marketplace, it is helpful to provide a single checklist that contains a list of the security options in use by contemporary OTT services. This ensures that security options are taken into consideration every step of the way, from design and architecture, to development and test, and finally to live operation. This will also provide an understanding of potential security risks that may be presented when certain security options are foregone.

This document provides an end-to-end security checklist that an OTT service provider, technology vendor, and service developer can reference as they seek to improve content protection on OTT streaming services.


Note that to download draft documents, you must be an employee of an active member company with an ARO account. If you are part of a member company and don’t yet have an ARO account, you can request one here.

This group does not currently have any draft documents.

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