Archive for September, 2014

Adobe Primetime Advances Content Protection for Online TV & Movies; Named DRM Market Leader by ABI Research

It’s been a busy year for the Adobe Primetime team and on the heels of IBC, today we’re excited to announce that our content protection solution in Adobe Primetime – Primetime Digital Rights Management (DRM) – is now available across apps on connected devices, including set top boxes, and via HTML5 on major web browsers. Additionally, we are the first DRM vendor to work with Intel, Broadcom and AMD to enable hardware-based DRM that protects “super” premium HD and 4K content across tablets, smartphones and desktops. Primetime DRM has also been named the market leader by ABI Research in a competitive assessment of the DRM market.

As the only non-browser vendor that offers a cross-platform DRM solution, we enable content owners to protect their premium video content regardless of what browser or operating system viewers are using. Adobe Primetime DRM will support emerging HTML5 standards and includes HTML5’s Encrypted Media Extensions and Media Source Extensions on browsers like Mozilla Firefox. Netflix is the latest company to join over 100 major content providers worldwide that use our content protection solution including BBC Broadcasting, Comcast, HBO, Hulu, M6 France, NBC, Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting, Walmart (Vudu), Yahoo and others.

We’re also happy to be working with Intel, Broadcom and AMD to enable hardware-based DRM across devices that use CPUs from either chipmaker. Hardware based DRM offers a maximum level of security needed to protect “super” premium video content, including HD and 4K content in the latest UHDTV digital home devices. (See our related blog post – UltraHD: Coming to a Screen Near You). Additionally, Adobe Primetime DRM is compatible within the pay-TV industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) for online TV allowing video operators considering using the RDK to easily leverage the core features of Adobe Primetime as part of their RDK implementation. The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a framework for powering set-top boxes, gateways and other devices, and enables pay-TV service providers to standardize the deployment of content protection. Here is what Netflix and Intel are saying about Adobe Primetime DRM:

  • Ensuring the right balance of privacy and user control while letting our customers access their favorite content without hassle is an essential part of Netflix’s success. Adobe Primetime DRM in Firefox will add to the suite of DRM products we use which allow us to deliver great movies and TV shows to the PC and Mac.” – Anthony Park, Vice President of Engineering, Netflix.
  • Our technology collaboration with Adobe enables us to offer a hardware DRM solution that delivers a high level of content protection while preserving device performance. Content providers from broadcasters to Hollywood Studios are able to take advantage of Primetime DRM on hundreds of millions of Android and Windows-based devices that run on the latest Intel processors.” – Christos Georgiopoulos, Vice President of Intel Corporation’s Software and Services Group

Lastly, Adobe was named the market leader in DRM by ABI Research. The “Pay TV Middleware, Conditional Access (CAS), and Digital Rights Management (DRM)” report ranked Adobe first out of nine major DRM vendors in the competitive assessment. ABI Research Practice Director Sam Rosen commented, “Adobe’s Primetime strategy is solutions focused and addresses a number of pain points in video workflows, including DRM as well as packaging, advertising and authentication. Adobe’s investment in the authentication infrastructure (Adobe Pass) between U.S. cable distributors and cable programmers provides significant lift in value to the solution.”

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Adobe Primetime provides the most complete DRM technology across multiple platforms in the industry. Our primary goal is to focus on the success of our customers and content providers worldwide in reaching digital viewers with the content they want to watch wherever they want to watch it. The ranking as a market leader by ABI Research confirms the trust that Adobe has built with the largest media companies.

Stay tuned for more Adobe Primetime news and updates coming soon.

UltraHD — Coming to a Screen Near You

Forces are aligning to give consumers, at home and on the go, a video viewing experience with breathtaking picture quality. However, this time it’s not just about having more pixels – after all, if you cram more pixels into your phone or tablet while retaining its ability to fit in your pocket or purse, you’ll have to press your eyeball right up against the glass just to see them.

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No, this time, it’s about every pixel being better: brighter brights, darker darks, and more vivid colors to make the image pop on a modern UltraHD display, even if that display is pocket sized. But where is the UltraHD content? Today, most movies are shot in UltraHD and an increasing number of movie theaters are supporting it. As the cost of producing movies rises and network bandwidth increases, so does the need for protection against new and innovative attacks on content — while still giving viewers access to content they have purchased. Some of these countermeasures are built into Adobe Primetime DRM, while others are fundamental capabilities of a hardware platform. For that reason, Adobe is excited to be the first digital rights management (DRM) vendor to work with Intel, Broadcom, and AMD to enable hardware-based DRM that protects “super” premium HD and 4K content across tablets, smartphones and desktops.

Check out our announcement on Adobe Primetime’s latest DRM offering with HTML5 support, hardware integration, and our #1 rank in innovation as market leader in DRM by ABI Research.

 

Dwight Rodgers is a senior engineering manager for Adobe Primetime

Adobe Primetime Support for MPEG-DASH

For those of us working to develop MPEG-DASH, Apple’s recent support of the W3C’s Media Source Extensions (MSE) API in Safari on OS X Yosemite is great news.  MSE and DASH have a complementary relationship, and expanded support for MSE will make it much easier for publishers to adopt DASH.

While MSE itself is designed to be media container format neutral, one of the primary container format recommendations made in the specification is compatible with the ISO Base Media File Format (ISO BMFF) “fragmented MP4” profile of MPEG-DASH.  At this time, MSE implementations in most desktop browsers (Chrome, IE, Safari) are available and support the ISO BMFF container.  Firefox is also working on compatible implementations, which are already partially available in their development branches.

The widespread support for the ISO BMFF container is mainly driven by the influence of Netflix’s content library, which is built around an ISO BMFF container. Although browser vendors may or may not feel that ISO BMFF MPEG-DASH is the best way to deliver content, the requirement to support DASH in order to receive content from a major content provider will ensure continued support for this container.

Creating a broad footprint of available clients is one of the main things slowing down adoption of DASH.  We here at Adobe announced our support for DASH in our Adobe Primetime video stack and demonstrated it at this year’s NAB Show.  Primetime will support DASH using an ISO BMFF container, and it will work everywhere our video engine runs, including Flash in the browser, Android, Roku, RDK-based set-top boxes, and many other platforms.  Primetime’s DASH implementation will also include complete support for all of the capabilities that we offer in HLS today, including DRM and ad insertion, making it even easier for publishers to adopt DASH.

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Between increasing support for DASH using MSE in desktop browsers, and support for DASH on many other platforms using Primetime, we are nearing a point where it is easy to deploy video players to consume DASH content.  With the availability of client endpoints, it will make more sense for publishers to adopt DASH for their delivery workflows.  This won’t happen overnight, but clearing this significant hurdle positions the digital video ecosystem to truly embrace MPEG-DASH.