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PlayReady 4.0 supports CMAF interoperable format with AES-CBC and AES-CTR encryption

September 11, 2017

AMSTERDAM — Released today at the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC), Microsoft Corp. announced new features to be included in the next update of PlayReady, its digital rights management system.

Support for CMAF — “Microsoft is committed to enabling premium content in Windows 10, Xbox and other media platforms through a PlayReady client”, said Rob McAuley, Director, PlayReady Business Development. “Microsoft is a strong promoter of the ‘Common Media Application Format’ (CMAF, ISO/IEC 23001-7: ‘Common Encryption’, ISO/IEC 23000-19) and we are investing in PlayReady 4.0 to ensure services can fully leverage the potential of a true common format, and optimize the cost of their infrastructure while delivering the best content to Windows, Xbox and other media platforms through a PlayReady client”.

Support for AES-CBC content encryption - Microsoft adds support for AES-CBC keys to PlayReady 4.0. A PlayReady Server SDK and a PlayReady Client Porting Kit version 4.0 is being released in September 2017 to allow services and OEMs to add this new feature to their devices and device applications. AES-CBC will be rolling out on Windows clients starting with Xbox One, Xbox S, Xbox X before holiday 2017 for use of HLS and DASH. Windows 10 PCs will receive an update later in 2018 that brings AES-CBC decoding to new devices that have AES-CBC capable hardware.

Which DRM supports what platforms?

June 08, 2016

Which DRM supports what platforms? We have decided to sum up platform native support of several DRM technologies that should help you decide and eventually deploy the best solution for all the major OTT platforms and devices.

Pascal architecture (from NVidia) to meet the highest requirements of Microsoft PlayReady 3.0

May 31, 2016

The Pascal architecture (from NVidia) to meet the highest requirements of Microsoft PlayReady 3.0, allowing premium video content playback on Windows platforms. Content providers such as Netflix will be able to stream their latest content to Pascal-enabled PCs and have it play back at the highest supported quality, including 4K.

Axinom DRM 6 supports PlayReady 3.0

December 11, 2015

Increased availability of a broader range of consumer devices, featuring different hardware and OS versions, already caused a high demand for the content protection. As the media and entertainment industry moves beyond HD, introducing 4K/UHD and higher resolutions, robust security becomes even more important, especially for premium Hollywood content. Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to secure, user-friendly protection of content and cross-platform capabilities inherently positions Microsoft PlayReady DRM as a key enabler for the media and entertainment industry. Customers using Axinom DRM 6 with PlayReady 3.0 support are empowered to license a wide range of 4K Hollywood premium content for a variety of consumer devices.

PlayReady enabled CSG Ascendon™ Now Powers Media-Saturn's New Entertainment Portal JUKE!

October 19, 2015

CSG International, a global provider of interactive, transaction-driven solutions and services, announces that its CSG Ascendon digital services platform now powers JUKE, the new entertainment portal from Media-Saturn Germany, Europe's largest electronics retailer.

Keepixo and bitmovin Demonstrate PlayReady over DASH-CENC at IBC 2015

September 14, 2015

Keepixo, a leading provider of software-based head-end solutions for IPTV and OTT, and bitmovin, vendor of fastest cloud-encoding platform bitcodin and HTML5/Flash MPEG-DASH and HLS video player bitdash, will be providing an end-to-end demonstration of Microsoft PlayReady protection over MPEG-DASH at IBC 2015.

Keepixo and Inside Secure Complete Microsoft PlayReady Integration to Secure Delivery of HEVC Content over IPTV Systems

September 09, 2015

Keepixo, a leading provider of software-based head-end solutions for IPTV and OTT, and Inside Secure, a leader in embedded security solutions for mobile and connected devices, announce the successful completion of Microsoft PlayReady integration to secure end-to-end delivery of HEVC content.

Inside Secure releases white paper, "New Era of Premium Content Protection: Hybrid Hardware-Software Security Solutions."

July 29, 2015

The paper provides an overview of OTT security and technical challenges as well as how hybrid security works in their implementation of a PlayReady enabled solution.

ALi Launches Hardware-assisted DRM Solution Integrating Microsoft's PlayReady Technologies

January 05, 2015

ALi Corporation, a leading Set-Top Box (STB) chipset solution provider, today announced a hardware-assisted DRM solution integrating Microsoft PlayReady Porting Kit 2.5 on ALi's M3733 platform. The strategic collaboration between ALi and Microsoft PlayReady delivers a highly secure DRM solution utilizing a unique combination of hardware and software security for a revolutionary level of protection not available in pure software solutions.

Symphony Teleca Announces Support for Microsoft® PlayReady® Interoperability, Expands Commitment to Connected Home Entertainment

January 05, 2015

Symphony Teleca Corporation, the global innovation and development services company, today announced that it has expanded its connected home entertainment portfolio to provide Microsoft® PlayReady® content protection to media platform suppliers and device manufacturers. The company will be showcasing its latest connected home entertainment solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, January 6 – 9 in Las Vegas.

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Digital TV Labs announces world's first HbbTV 2.0 test suite

December 05, 2014

Digital TV Labs is in the process of developing the world's first HbbTV 2.0 test suite which will include DVB DASH and Microsoft PlayReady DRM. It will ensure compliance with the technical specification outlined as part of the recently announced Freeview connected service, being developed by Digital UK.

Development of a Freeview-branded connected TV service

December 05, 2014

Freeview and Digital UK have announced plans to develop a new Freeview-branded connected TV service, designed to make the best of broadcast and internet-delivered television available free to everyone.

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Canal Digital taps Xstream for iPad app for their Online TV service, Canal Digital Go

October 23, 2014
Canal Digital customers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland can now see their favorite TV show and movies on their iPad with the recently launched Canal Digital GO iPad app, designed, developed and powered by Xstream. The app was quickly #1 in App Store Norway and #2 in App Store Sweden. The app is available for all Canal Digital customers, over 900 000 customers in the Nordics, regardless of which decoder they have at home. The Canal Digital GO iPad app gives customers a great content experience with a smooth and simple user experience. It provides Canal Digital's customers with an extensive library of premium TV series and movies in addition to live TV and catch up. Furthermore the app comes with extra features such as sorting and recommendation based on viewing history, making the TV viewing experience a more personalized and lean back experience whenever and wherever they tune in.

U-Next selects INSIDE Secure Downloadable DRM Fusion to protect premium content running on Android and iOS devices

October 14, 2014

INSIDE Secure delivered U-NEXT a PlayReady based app solution, for the full range of iOS and Android devices, that allows then to securely distribute premium video content to their legitimate customers. With this solution, U-NEXT has the assurance to deploy a solution that meets the security requirements of movie studios and assure their revenue streams. INSIDE Secure downloadable PlayReady solution is deployed over 80 commercial services since 5 years and serves more 80 millions premium video consumers as of today.'s Irisp platform, delivery without limits with Microsoft PlayReady

October 09, 2014's Iris platform for server, set-top box and mobile was chosen and successfully deployed at the core of Discover Digital's expansive VOD platform in South Africa. PlayReady support is provided throughout Iris for content security and entitlement management for TVOD and SVOD.

In addition to OTT support, Digisoft delivered an innovative E-Rental offering, allowing consumers without high speed broadband to rent premium video titles using touch-screen kiosks for playback at home from a USB drive. PlayReady’s proven viability in multiple content delivery scenarios and the flexibility provided by support for domains, download and offline consumption led to PlayReady as the chosen solution for all delivery modes.

Axinom Announces the Second Generation of OTT Video for the Microsoft Cloud

September 21, 2014

Axinom announced the second generation of its OTT solution portfolio in the cloud providing protected, multiscreen, live and on-demand video streaming services for content owners, aggregators, and distributors.

Microsoft Azure Media Services adds new cloud-first live streaming, content protection and indexing services

September 10, 2014

Microsoft Corp. announced new cloud-first media services, including HD-quality live streaming that supports today’s most popular devices and platforms, end-to-end content protection capabilities, and a new service that simplifies the indexing of audio and video content and makes it easier to search.

Open Source Content Decryption Module now accessible

September 10, 2014

The Open Content Decryption Module (OCDM) is a Content Decryption Module (CDM) compliant to W3C Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) specification to be used with HTML5 based browser environments. OCDM source code is now available on GitHub. The Open Source Content Decryption module has been developed by Fraunhofer FOKUS with the aim to be suitable and interoperable for as many systems and providers as possible. The code is now accessible for everyone on GitHub. It is intended for OEMs, DRM providers, system integrators and browser vendors looking to enable playback of premium video content via EME.

OCDM supports the Linux based Browsers and Platforms FAMIUM, Chromium, Opera, QtWebengine. Detailed information on how to build and run OCDM can be found on GitHub. The end-to-end prototype implementation for early technology evaluation and interoperability testing FAMIUM already integrates OCDM and a CDMi Implementation supporting Microsoft PlayReady.

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Fraunhofer FOKUS and Opera demonstrate DRM interoperability at the 4th FOKUS Media Web Symposium, using Microsoft's open Content Decryption Module Interface specification

May 08, 2014

Fraunhofer FOKUS in partnership with Opera Software and Microsoft advances Digital Rights Management (DRM) interoperability and HTML5 for premium video delivery. The implementation by Fraunhofer FOKUS integrates Microsoft's open Content Decryption Module Interface (CDMi) with Opera Devices SDK (Software Development Kit) 3.x series for Linux platforms, enabling the attachment of the Microsoft PlayReady DRM platform component to the Opera Unified Video Architecture (UVA) on a set-top-box.

2 Key Partners announce Multiscreen Content Protection for LiveTV integration with PlayReady

January 06, 2014

On Premise and Cloud-based solution partners integrate PlayReady LiveTV capabilities to make broadcasting live protected content cost-effective, security-enhanced and scalable.

Irdeto and Envivio

New version of Microsoft PlayReady Extends innovation across platforms

September 13, 2013

At the International Broadcasters Conference today, Microsoft Corporation announced a host of new features to be included in the next version of its digital rights management system, PlayReady, when it is released later this year. The new PlayReady will provide SDKs for iOS and Android, and will support new industry standards including HTML5, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), and the MPEG-DASH streaming format.

Major media ecosystem partners announce integration with PlayReady for MPEG-DASH and first party SDKs for iOS and Android

September 13, 2013

Major partners have announced their support for and integration of PlayReady for MPEG-DASH and first-party SDKs, including industry-leading streaming media providers Envivio and Wowza. Berlin-based systems integrator Fraunhofer FOKUS has also announced availability of a reference implementation of a CDMi for PlayReady to deliver on the promise of HTML5.

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Microsoft for its Pioneering Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content Protection Technology

February 21, 2013

Based on its recent analysis of the content protection — conditional access and digital rights management (DRM) — market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Microsoft Corporation with the 2012 Global Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Award for its PlayReady DRM technology.

Netflix Taps Microsoft PlayReady as Its Primary DRM Technology for Netflix Ready Devices and Applications

May 25, 2010

Microsoft Corp. and Netflix Inc. today announced that Netflix has selected Microsoft PlayReady technology and the Protected Interoperable File Format (PIFF) for use in new Netflix ready devices and applications.

Samsung Electronics and Microsoft Announce Plans to Expand Access to Digital Entertainment

April 13, 2010

In a significant agreement that will improve flexibility for consumers looking to transfer and enjoy digital content on a range of devices, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced plans to include Microsoft PlayReady technology in a broad range of its consumer products.

AT&T and Microsoft to Enable Shared Content Across TV, PC and Mobile Devices

March 31, 2009

Microsoft Corp. and AT&T announced today a collaborative effort to use Microsoft PlayReady content access and protection technology to enable shared content and converged entertainment experiences across AT&T's TV, broadband and wireless services.

Microsoft Announces Breakthrough Technology Enabling Simple Access to Broad Set of Digital Content, Including Music, Games, Video, Ring Tones and Pictures

February 12, 2007

Today at 3GSM World Congress 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced Microsoft PlayReady technology, a new multimedia content access technology optimized to meet the needs of mobile operators and handset manufacturers for digital entertainment and commerce.