Licensing Options

Microsoft offers a flexible business model that supports a variety of scenarios regardless of whether you are shipping devices, offering live TV to end customers, operating a back-end service, or manufacturing a PlayReady-enabled silicon solution for devices.

Learn about PlayReady licensing options by selecting a licensing scenario below.

Review our sample agreements here.
For questions concerning your PlayReady licensing options, not addressed below, please email

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PlayReady server

Issue PlayReady licenses to protected content or develop a PlayReady server application on your own servers.

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PlayReady development for intermediate products

Develop an intermediate product and distribute source or object code to other licensees.

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PlayReady final products distribution

Distribute end consumer software apps or hardware clients that allow for playback using PlayReady.
Can be own brand or 3rd party brand.

Ready to get started? Review the licensing process here.

PlayReady license agreements are not required for the scenarios below.

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No license needed.
See our public documentation here.

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PlayReady server using Azure

Use PlayReady from an Azure Media Services account.

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Work with a partner

Hire a licensed partner to develop or distribute for you.
See our list of partners here.

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Use in Windows Edge & Xbox

Use playback built into Windows Edge and Xbox.
See our public documentation here.