We are pleased to announce the general availability of Google Widevine license delivery services in the cloud with Azure Media Services.
As a Google certified Widevine Implementation Partner (CWIP partner), Media Services supports Widevine Modular license delivery, dynamic packaging and streaming with MPEG-DASH and Common Encryption (CENC). Now you can deliver and stream protected content from the cloud using both Microsoft PlayReady and Google Widevine DRM technologies with the click of a few buttons or simple API calls.
Google Widevine license delivery
Google Widevine modular is Google’s DRM technology built to work seamlessly with MPEG-DASH streaming and common encryption. Google Widevine Modular is supported on Android devices (4.3+), Chrome browser via Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) and Chromecast/Android TV.
Using Media Services, you can deliver Widevine license delivery with a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Media Services provides an end-to-end solution for encrypting your media files only once with ISO MPEG Common Encryption (CENC) and generates multiple DRM headers such as Widevine and PlayReady to be streamed to multiple browsers.
Check out the live working demo to see it yourself! The demo stream is encrypted with both PlayReady and Widevine using the common encryption standard.
Availability and pricing
Widevine license delivery services will be generally available to most Azure regions (with the exception of the China region) starting on February 1, 2016. We offer 99.9% SLA guarantee for Widevine license delivery services. The price for PlayReady and Widevine are both at $0.2 per 100 pay-per-use licenses. Find more pricing details here.
How should I get started?
Here is some useful information to help get you started quickly:
- What is Google Widevine and how it works in Azure Media Services?
- A working demo with Azure Media Player (MPEG-DASH with both PlayReady and Widevine)
- How to configure Widevine using Azure Media Explorer in 5 minutes
- Configure Widevine License delivery through APIs
- A reference design guide to implement CENC multi-DRM and Access Control
If you have any new feature requests related to content protection, please submit your ideas on our User Voice forum so we can address them in the future.