Online streaming services are ramping up their infrastructure to meet the increasing demands in the last couple of years. As more and more audiences cut the cord and move to online platforms, the need for these services and the load they experience is growing exponentially. Hence, providers face two critical challenges - scaling their services while maintaining the QoS levels and protecting the content from piracy.
Live and sporting events have always been the industry tests, taking the digital infrastructure capacity to its peak limits. There have been multiple incidents in the past where providers had to face the wrath of the viewers for failed streams in such high traffic events. Most of these issues arise due to scaling failure, be it the physical servers, the CDN, or the DRM. The latter being a necessary evil needed by the industry to safeguard its revenues and the livelihoods of involved stakeholders. Just last year, Parks Associates estimated the cost of video piracy at $9.1 billion, and they stipulate it to rise to a whopping $66 billion by 2022.