Compare DRM Technologies


DRMs, Platforms and Services

Along with the more stringent protection requirements associated with distribution of today's premium 4K and UHD content, there is a consistent demand for a more or less invisible DRM operational resource that will never adversely impact the user experience. Device operating systems and video streaming platforms have chosen to embed different Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies as native security options. It's often a complicated task to figure out which DRMs you need to support for your content to reach the device of choice. Hopefully, the content of the charts below will help make things a little clearer.

Another approach that can make things simpler is the use of DRM as a Service (DRMaaS), which offers reduced complexity in video service implementation to reach all those devices. DRMaaS simplifies preparation of content for delivery (encoding and packaging), and the handling of license delivery to each and every device or player that's used by a consumer. EZDRM offers a wide range of options in DRMaaS, including a multi-DRM solution called Universal DRM.

HTML5 Browsers (EME) DASH
CENC DRM1
PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Apple Safari (v8+ on MacOS and on iOS v 11.2+)
Google Chrome (v35+)
Microsoft Edge (Windows OS 10+)
Microsoft Internet Explorer (v 11+ on Windows OS 8.1+)
Mozilla Firefox (v47+ on Mac & Windows)2
Opera (v31+)
Yandex
 
Mobile DASH
CENC DRM1
PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Apple iOS (v6+)
Google Android (v6+)
Google Android (v4.4-5.1)
Google Android (v3 through v4.3)
Microsoft Windows Phone
 
Set-top Boxes & Casting DASH
CENC DRM1
PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Amazon Fire TV
Apple TV
Google Android TV
Google Chromecast
Google TV
Roku
 
Smart TVs DASH
CENC DRM1
PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Smart TV Alliance (LG, Philips, Toshiba, Panasonic)
Android TV
LG (webOS and Netcast)
Samsung (Tizen 2017+ models)
Samsung (Tizen 2015-17 models)
Samsung (Orsay 2010-15 models)
 
Specifications DASH
CENC DRM1
PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
HbbTV v1.5 +
TNT v2.0+
 
Game Consoles DASH
CENC DRM1
PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Microsoft Xbox One / 360
Sony PlayStation 3 / 4
 

1DASH CENC DRM is offered through EZDRM's Universal DRM offering.

2Refer to https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-drm to learn how to enable DRM on Firefox.

The above matrix is up-to-date as of August 2018. We try to keep it as current as we can, but as new devices come out, this list may become out of date. If you would like us to list your device, please let us know.



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