Many more features are also available such as downloading and
offline playback for our mobile SDKs. Visit castlabs.com/players for
a full list of our player’s extensive features.
CONTENT PROTECTION: FULFILL STUDIO
& CONTENT OWNER REQUIREMENTS
From Conditional Access to DRM
Among the primary challenges when embracing O T T technologies
is ensuring your valuable content can securely reach your viewers.
Conditional access systems (CAS) involving hardware modules
worked well in the past for broadcasters, but OT T services dictate
other DRM for playback. Delivering across multiple screens and
platforms requires numerous studio-recognized DRM systems to be
in place, most commonly including: Microsoft® PlayReady, Google
Widevine, and Apple FairPlay Streaming.
Utilizing DRM is an ongoing process as the technology landscape
is fractured and constantly disrupted.
Fractured DRM Support
Browsers are a good example of disruptions with protected
playback. Last year Google dropped NPAPI support ( go2sm.com/
googlenpapi) from Chrome™ in favor of HTML5 and its Widevine
DRM system. Subsequently, support for Microsoft Silverlight® was
dropped (which uses Microsoft PlayReady for DRM) forcing many
streaming providers to reevaluate their established player and
DRM technology. All other major browsers are currently in the
process of following suit by phasing out plugins such as Flash® and
Silverlight in favor of native H TML5 playback. This has led to DRM
support becoming quite fractured across browser vendors.
Support across mobile devices is fractured as well with Android
natively supporting Widevine, and iOS featuring FairPlay Streaming
(however, DRM SDKs do exist to add additional support to player
software on these platforms).
Strengthened Studio Requirements: Hardware-Based DRM
Broadcasters are well aware of how protective film and TV studios
are of their assets and it’s important to be prepared to navigate
what’s to come. As the industry is still in some respects getting
comfortable with delivering DRM-secured HD streams, a new batch
of next-generation content quality technologies are perched on
the horizon. UHD, HDR, 60p, and other advancements are either
inevitable or have the opportunity to disrupt the market with
The movement to stream high-quality content versions has led
to more stringent security requirements from studios. In general, a
licensee is typically restricted to delivering SD quality streams across
players utilizing software-based DRM, while HD and especially UHD
delivery requires a hardware-secured DRM system to be available in
a users’ device.
As different platforms and devices support different DRM
systems, your service will need a licensing solution in place that
not only facilitates multiple systems, but the hardware security
level of each as well (for example, PlayReady’s Security Level 3000).
Multi-DRM Licensing Solution
DRM is often not straightfor ward; if you don’t have the experience
available in-house, taking advantage of a DRM specialist licensing
service will considerably simplify your workflow.
The castLabs DRMtoday service ( drmtoday.com) provides the
WE CAN HELP YOU DELIVER
fastest route to get multi-DRM licensing up and running. With
years of security expertise, our cloud-based service provides
all DRM systems needed for multi-screen delivery from a single
source. DRMtoday requires just one integration to gain access
to PlayReady, Widevine, FairPlay Streaming, and CMLA-OMA
schemes. Our service additionally enables the following:
• Detection and enforcement of both hardware and software-based
DRM security levels to cover deployments today as well as in
• Low latency and high redundancy through multi-region
• Scalability and cost efficiency
• Avoiding management of licensing, maintenance, and
Visit drmtoday.com for more information on our comprehensive
solution, and to request a free-trial.
Protected OT T playback presents a number of challenges to
overcome. We can help. At castLabs, we provide an array of digital
video delivery solutions to power your OT T distribution. For
further information about implementing cloud-workflows, DRM
licensing, and player software please contact us at sales@castlabs
.com. You can also visit us at castlabs.com and drmtoday.com.
castLabs pioneers software and cloud services for digital video markets
worldwide. The company provides solutions to easily enable the secure distribution
of premium movie, TV, and audio assets for high-quality video experiences.
Its range of applications and services are designed to help businesses deliver
DRM-protected content over a large selection of consumer devices and
platforms. castLabs is based in Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany.
A Content Decryption Module refers to a browser’s built-in component
responsible for handling DRM system licensing and decryption of video content.
For more information on DRM support across various platforms and devices visit:
Browser Content Decryption Module (CDM) Support
Chrome Google Widevine
Firefox® Google Widevine; Adobe Primetime
Safari Apple FairPlay Streaming
Opera™ Google Widevine
Edge™ Microsoft PlayReady
Internet Explorer® 11 (Windows® 8. 1+) Microsoft PlayReady