Widevine and Microsoft team up for DRM on Silverlight

Widevine and Microsoft team up for DRM on Silverlight

Summary: Microsoft has its own kind of DRM in Silverlight which is based on the DRM found in Windows Media but it sounds like they're also working with Widevine to Silverlight-enable their Cypher service which also works with Flash and the On2 codec.In general, I don't think this is a huge deal, but it is interesting.

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Microsoft has its own kind of DRM in Silverlight which is based on the DRM found in Windows Media but it sounds like they're also working with Widevine to Silverlight-enable their Cypher service which also works with Flash and the On2 codec.

In general, I don't think this is a huge deal, but it is interesting. Widevine has gotten quite a bit of funding and is placing itself squarely in the middle of content providers and the technologies that would enable distribution. In some ways they're looking to be a Switzerland of DRM in which they can offer a DRM solution that the content providers would support on any platform they want to use, Flash, Silverlight, whatever. One thing that Widevine appears to do very well is work with studios.

Adobe announced it's own DRM for Flash Video earlier this year and I'm not sure if we've worked with Widevine since that announcement at all. The previous Flash DRM support was through On2 and not Adobe as I understood it. Is the role of a 3rd party DRM solution a good one for content providers and consumers?

The rich media world is heating up from all angles.

Topics: Security, CXO, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Software Development

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  • Yippee!

    Just what the world needs: more DRM. People must come to terms with just how much the music and movie industries are suffering in today's tough economic times....
    bmgoodman
    • Should not even be allowed

      as DRMs are illegal by definition, companies who insist on wasting more money in it should be fined in the order of billions of $.

      The movies and music industries is dying because of DRM and because it as been permited to be infected by notorious criminal organisation such as the MPAA/RIAA who have no legal reason to exist.

      Lower the price, shutdown the RIAA/MPAA (and prevent any similar illegal cartel from been formed), outlaw DRM and voila: instant healty competitive market.
      Mectron
  • Move Networks on Silverlight

    Just a clarification from your story:

    Does Move use VC-1? Some people are assumeing that they are using flash video or On2???s video codec..

    For Silverlight at least here is the scoop...

    Right now, Move Networks uses On2 VP7 codecs, which is different from the VP6 technology in Flash. Move Networks has committed to using the WMV/VC-1 codec for playback in Silverlight.

    Hope that clarifies the announcements today, it's quite interesting to see their WMV/VC-1 commitment.. That speaks volumes to a few people..
    DonBurnett
    • Move and Widevine

      Interesting that Move came up in this blog. It also apppears that Move and Widevine are integration partners.

      So ...
      Silverlight and Move
      Silverlight and Widevine
      Move and Widevine

      I assume there must be a Silverlight, Move and widevine combo

      http://www.widevine.com/pr/137_move_partnership.html
      RossMoran
  • Will they never learn? DRM doesn't work.

    Will they never learn? DRM doesn't work. Not in theory, and not in practice. It's just a matter of finding the keys used to decode the content. I'm sorry, but this is going to be cracked just like everything else.
    CobraA1