Making a mark

Thomson’s Technology division today announced that its NexGuard digital cinema watermarking solution is being adopted by top d-cinema server manufacturers.


Thomson’s Technology division today announced that its NexGuard digital cinema watermarking solution is being adopted by top d-cinema server manufacturers such as Doremi and GDC.



Thomson’s NexGuard watermarking solution embeds the date, time and place of projection into a digital motion picture’s image and soundtrack during play-out in movie theatres. When the information is extracted from pirated materials with NexGuard’s detection and recovery system, it pinpoints the exact source of the leakage.



NexGuard’s watermark is said to exceed the Digital Cinema Initiative’s (DCI) specifications in its ability to withstand compression in hard media and on the Internet and in its capacity to store more than the prescribed amount of critical identification information. It is invisible during both 2K and 4K exhibition and inaudible in multi-channel playback.


‘In total, the companies that have adopted our watermarking solution represent what we believe is nearly 75% of the server marketplace,’ said Jean-Michel Masson, general manager, Thomson Content Security. ‘It’s a fantastic validation of NexGuard’s efficacy and a strong vote for Thomson and its leadership role in supporting content security.’