Adobe Access – A Single DRM Workflow

We recently announced the upcoming availability of Adobe Access (formerly Flash Access) DRM protection for native iOS applications. So what does this mean for your workflow?

You can now finally reach a broad range of destination devices with a single, simple workflow, including Windows, OSX, iPad, iPhones, iPods, hundreds of Android smartphones and tablets (Android 2.2+), and televisions, including Samsung Smart TVs, TIVO and LG devices, and soon many more as part of project Primetime.


It not only saves you costs, but also provides a simple, robust DRM workflow, with a single content protection scheme.

Not convinced how this will work? Here are the steps.

1)   Real-Time packaging and protection of H.264 source files with Adobe Media Server

2)   HTTP delivery to target platforms (HLS to iOS, HDS to other devices)

3)   License acquisition from a single Adobe Access server, no matter what the playback platform is

As part of Project Primetime, Adobe is focused on solving the fragmentation challenges video distributors are confronted with in 2012. This is the first step to provide a secure end‐to‐end video delivery workflow

Jens Loeffler

About Jens Loeffler

Jens Loeffler is a senior technical evangelist on Adobe's Media Solutions product management team focusing on online video and services. Equipped with a media computer science degree, Jens started his career in the agency world and has been living and breathing online video and mobile for the last decade. Currently Jens provides thought leadership as a public speaker and panelist at numerous industry events, and maintains a well-recognized blog covering industry trends. When he isn't working on secret projects at Adobe, Jens compensates with long runs, hikes and walks with his furry companion, and is an excellent guide to judge the authenticity of German cuisine in NYC.

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9 Responses to Adobe Access – A Single DRM Workflow

  1. Vik says:

    How much does this adobe access cost? sometimes i have problems using adobe flash on my android phone. Why is that?

  2. Door Knobs says:

    Apart from the price query asked earlier by vik, I would like to ask if there are any other issues of updating the software Iike with the flash player all the time, I hope this doesn’t have any of the issues that we already experience!

  3. Where can we see sample code or sdk on this ? Can’t find example of Adobe Air iOS app with Flash Access DRM.

  4. Nick says:

    Hey Jens, is there somewhere I can get low‐level info on how this is implemented?
    Like the doco on HDS DRM is very good, detailing License acquisition process, how CEK is encrypted at each step etc. I’d like the same for this.

    If streams using HLS correct, so you can publish iTunes store & stream long‐form content and still comply with Apple’s requirements?

    Finally — is there a need for client devices to install AIR Runtime in order to use an app using this feature?

    • Jens Loeffler says:

      HLS DRM is documented in the Adobe Access and Adobe Media Server livedocs, it’s similar to the HDS workflow. It is not meant to be used within iTunes, but for playback in browsers and mobile applications. The components are available via Adobe Primetime.

  5. Jack says:

    Hi Jens,
    Would you please confirm one thing: Adobe Access works on Samsung Smart TV?

    So far, I tried to make it work on Samsung Smart TV and got no luck at all even though I managed to make the app work for both Desktop and Android.

    Thank you

    • Jens Loeffler says:

      It should be available through AIR and FP, but it might depend on the version of the TV you are using. Feel free to contact us directly through the Primetime website for information on support for native apps.

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