bitmovin has announced the addition of DRM capabilities to its bitdash MPEG-DASH player for HTML5 and Flash, allowing ontent providers to continue to manage and protect their live and on-demand streaming services on HTML5-based platforms (such as Google Chrome and Android, Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8) with a standards-based, flexible and future-proof DRM support. In addition to the HTML5 supported platforms, bitdash also provides Flash-based fallback solutions for DRM protected MPEG-DASH content for other platforms – such as older versions Internet Explorer – from a single vendor solution.
For many content providers MPEG-DASH has emerged as the technology of choice, thus DASH project roll-outs accelerate as HTML5 MSE/EME with Widevine DRM ranks top in the list of viable alternatives. Furthermore, MPEG-CENC makes it possible to support separate DRM systems with one version of protected content and HTML5 EME is based on the HTML MSE for MPEG-DASH based content. So this combination gives content providers additional arguments to move towards MPEG-DASH as an international standard-based as well as approach with full flexibility on the streaming, DRM and CDN side.
On top of providing flexible DRM capabilities in a single player for any platform, bitdash provides a single codebase solution build from the ground up that delivers advanced bitrate adaption performance, which outperforms existing solutions such as Smooth Streaming or Apple’s HLS. On top of this, bitdash leverages the benefits of MPEG-DASH enabling to use audio and video separately, enabling also multiple audio languages and version, as well as Live and On-Demand streaming up to 4K/UHD resolutions, proven interoperability with a wide range of leading encoding platforms, multiple audio/language and subtitles/caption support, DVR features such as Pause/Seek and detailed reporting on users, usage and QoS metrics.