Digital Rights Management (DRM) prevents your videos from being played back except in clients that are granted permission to do so. Implementations of DRM vary, but the usual mechanism used is to encrypt the video and decrypt it only if the client has some kind of key to authorize playback.
- Ingesting content with DRM
- Configuring the Brightcove Player for DRM
- Content Security (DRM) with the Native Player SDKs
- DRM Output Protection Settings
For additional content security mechanisms that can be set in either the player configuration or video properties, see:
Supported DRM types
Video Cloud offers broad support for DRM:
- Comprehensive support for packaging, license serving and playback
- Adaptive use of the appropriate DRM for a given device:
- Video Cloud favors native device DRMs to minimize dependency on plugins
- Video Cloud leverages standards to reduce the number of renditions necessary to deliver a cross-platform solution
Brightcove supports the three most popular types of DRM for HTML5 video:
You can sign up for multiple DRM types to protect your content on all devices and platforms.
Summary of DRM support
Support for DRM depends on the video format, as shown in the following table.
|DRM type||Widevine Modular||
DRM support details
DRM for browsers is for desktop or for mobile web (Chrome on Android 6+ devices; Safari on iOS 11.2+ devices). Brightcove uses MPEG-DASH and common encryption together with Widevine Modular, Apple Fairplay, and Microsoft PlayReady to provide DRM on the desktop - which type is used depends on the browser. This provides a single set of assets that can be played across different browsers while leveraging the native DRM that is available with modern browsers.
iOS and Android applications
For iOS devices, the current Video Cloud DRM solution is HLS+Fairplay.
Apple's FairPlay Streaming (FPS) technology provides a secure solution for delivering HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) video to Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. It uses an established secure key protocol and minimizes the power consumption on mobile devices.
For Android devices, the solution is MPEG-DASH + CENC (Widevine Modular).
Google Widevine offers a multi-platform, multi-format DRM and video optimization solution that content owners, internet video providers, retailers and video operators can use to deliver a branded, high quality entertainment offering to internet-connected entertainment platforms.
Offline Playback with DRM
Offline playback allows users to download content while they are connected, and then watch it when they are offline. To protect your content, the Native SDKs use the following:
- The Native SDK for Android uses Google Widevine
- The Native SDK for iOS uses FairPlay Streaming
For details, see the Overview of Offline Playback with the Native Player SDKs.
MPEG-DASH is supported by many devices, including Android TV and Chromecast. Videos packaged with DRM for the desktop browser can also be played on these devices.
Many consumer electronics devices support an older form of DRM - PlayReady over Smooth Streaming
Signing up for DRM
DRM requires an additional fee. Contact your Account Manager about bundling DRM protection so that you can secure your content wherever it plays.
FairPlay Streaming is a DRM system developed by Apple for video content in HLS format.
To enable your account for FairPlay, you will need to:
- Obtain a FairPlay license from Apple
- Contact Support to configure your Video Cloud account
- For Fairplay playback on mobile devices, and an external screen is used, the audio will play but the video is just a black image.
For more information, see Content Security (DRM) with the Native Player SDKs
Google Widevine Modular
Widevine Modular is a system developed by Google to protect video content in MPEG DASH format.
By default, Video Cloud uses Brightcove's Widevine licensing server.
PlayReady is a DRM system developed by Microsoft. Playready comes in two forms:
- Smooth PlayReady - Provides DRM protection for Smooth Streaming content
- PlayReady - Provides DRM protection for MPEG-DASH content
Video Cloud uses Brightcove's PlayReady licensing server.
Configure your Video Cloud account
DRM must be configured for your account by Brightcove Support and your Account Manager. Contact your Account Manager for details.