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What, Exactly, is DRM?

Posted by Rebecca Foletta on Aug 4, 2016 4:04:06 PM
Rebecca Foletta




You know you need "DRM," but what does that really mean?


We've all been there — assigned to get up to speed on a technology you've never used and you're the one responsible for making recommendations and advising on the feasibility of the project. You spend loads of time doing online searches for keywords that may or may not bring you the guidance you're looking for and when you do find relevant information, it's often in a language you don't speak or read. This week in The DRM Blog, we've found you a resource to help translate the linguistics of DRM. 

The July 12, 2016 "What Is DRM" feature in StreamingMedia.com is an article packed with meaning.   (See full article below, or click to read online.)  If you're confused by the differences between MSE, EME, CENC, DASH, HTML5, and E-I-E-I-O — this is a great starting resource to get it all straight and see how the DRM industry pieces fit together.  The article provides a top-notch overview of business models requiring DRM, definitions of encryption, license management and player options, as well as a concise synopsis of how DRM works generally, including insights into the marketplace, and who some of the mainstream DRM providers are.

"If you plan to distribute premium content from the major U.S. studios, you'll need to encrypt that content, which typically means that you'll have to deploy one or more digital rights management (DRM) technologies. As you'll learn in this article, while many aspects of the migration from plug-ins like Flash and Silverlight to HTML5 playback have simplified video distribution, the shift has made the DRM side much more complex, though new services and service models are available to help." "What is DRM?" By StreamingMedia.com, posted on July 12, 2016


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    About The DRM Blog | Digital Rights Management

    The DRM Blog is the go-to source for all things DRM Digital Rights Management related. Here you will find the information you need to ensure you’re putting together the best digital rights management platform for your needs along with news updates related to the DRM industry itself. Providing world class support and services as a DRM Service Provider is our main goal here at BuyDRM.

    The importance of using multi drm services and solutions to protect content is clearly on the rise and piracy continues to challenge the methods we use to protect intellectual property. Because of the ever changing landscape of technology and security requirements, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest best practices in deploying a digital rights management system and respective digital rights management tools.

    Content providers deploying major movie studio content need a Digital Rights Management Service Provider that offer studio-approved multi-drm solutions to meet the security requirements mandated by premium content owners and major movie studios. The DRM digital rights management platform you select should support all of the digital rights management technologies you need and studios require.

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    Typically, a digital rights management service provider operates a digital rights management platform that includes all of the necessary digital rights management software technologies to ensure you are able to deploy your streaming or downloadable content. Using digital rights management as part of an OTT or AVOD or SVOD or IPTV app enables the broader distribution of premium content.

    Here at the DRM Blog, we review a wide variety of digital rights management issues and trends, product updates, market updates, featured partner posts and more. If you are researching how to deploy digital rights management or looking for a digital rights management service provider or a DRM platform, the DRM Blog is your de-facto location for the most up to date market information available.