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    Live DRM

    In this topic, you will learn how to enable content protection for your live stream.

    Enabling DRM for Live content

    Playback technologies used

    The Brightcove Player utilizes different DRM playback technologies with different browsers. The DRM technologies used with Brightcove Player are:

    • FairPlay: Apple's DRM system
    • PlayReady: Microsoft's DRM system
    • Widevine: Google's DRM system

    The following table details the relationship between the browser (latest version), format and playback technology used in Brightcove Player:

    Browser Format Playback Technology Rendition Type Used
    to Deliver DRM Content
    Chrome Desktop HLS with Widevine EME HLS
    Chrome Mobile1

    HLS with FairPlay (iOS)

    HLS with Widevine (Android)

    Native

    EME

    HLS
    Internet Explorer No versions of IE are supported by Brightcove
    Edge2 HLS with Widevine EME HLS
    Safari HLS with FairPlay Native HLS HLS
    Firefox HLS with Widevine EME HLS

    1DRM playback using Chrome Mobile on iOS is not supported.

    2DASH + PlayReady using Edge on iOS is not supported.

    To enable DRM for your Live content follow these steps:

    1. When creating a live event, in Advanced Options > Content Encryption. Select Digital Rights Management(DRM) from the Encryption dropdown.
      Digital Rights Management (DRM) - Secure Premium content stream with Digital Rights Management technologies.
      • HLS + FairPlay
      • HLS (fMP4) + Widevine Modular
    2. An additional Token Expiration option will appear, allowing you to select the time in seconds with a minimum expiration time frame of 900 seconds and a maximum of 2592000 seconds (the last equal to 30 days).
    3. When the event is created, in the event information panel, you will be able to see the DRM URLs for Fairplay and Widevine.
    4. To publish a DRM-enabled event, click Publish and Embed in the left navigation.
      • In Live Player Options section, select a DRM enabled player. (For Live DRM playback you will need to select or create a DRM enabled player v6.37.1 or greater).
      • If you don’t have a DRM player available, create one using the Players module. In the Playback settings, make sure that the Enable DRM option is selected. (The Player for Live DRM playback has to be v6.37.1 or greater).
    5. Back in the Live module, you will be able to select your DRM enabled player and publish the event.

    Page last updated on 14 Jul 2022