Fraunhofer FOKUS in partnership with Microsoft advances DRM interoperability and HTML5 for premium video delivery

Release from Fri., September 13, 2013

Fraunhofer FOKUS Famium platform introduces a Content Decryption Module (CDM) implementation for Microsoft PlayReady DRM Fraunhofer FOKUS, a leading institute specialized in the technology advancements for Future Applications and Media, today announced the release of a browser independent solution in their Famium platform, including W3C MSE (Media Source Extension), Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), and a Content Decryption Module (CDM) implementation to interface with Microsoft PlayReady DRM.

Fraunhofer FOKUS, a leading institute specialized in the technology advancements for Future Applications and Media, today announced the release of a browser independent solution in their Famium platform, including W3C MSE (Media Source Extension), Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), and a Content Decryption Module (CDM) implementation to interface with Microsoft PlayReady DRM.

Fraunhofer FOKUS Famium is an end to end platform for the creation and delivery of protected adaptive bitrate content. The Famium CDM connection to the Microsoft PlayReady CDM-interface provides a significant addition to the platform, extending content protection to premium video on the web to browsers without plug-ins, leveraging the new ISO MPEG standards DASH (Dynamic Adaptive streaming over HTTP) and CENC (Common Encryption) to create DRM-interoperable media encoding.

“At Build in June, we showcased protected web content with HTML5, Microsoft PlayReady DRM and Internet Explorer11. The next key milestone was to showcase how Microsoft PlayReady DRM works in an interoperable and standard way, independent of the web browser environment. We are excited about the collaboration with FOKUS. The CDM-interface approach simplifies the development and accelerates the ability of our partners to build rich experiences using their browser of choice and HTML5, while still providing market leading content protection using Microsoft PlayReady“ said Hayete Gallot, Senior Director, PlayReady Business of Microsoft Corporation.

The FOKUS competence center Future Applications and Media (FAME) provides the most recent technologies and advancements that enable a standardized cross-platform media use on televisions, set-top boxes, personal computers and mobile phones. “We are thrilled about this close collaboration with Microsoft. And we look forward to providing this new functionality to our customers and partners, as they explore solutions to realize the promise of HTML5, DASH and address the challenges of multi-screen, cross-platform media scenarios” says Dr. Stefan Arbanowski, head of competence center FAME at Fraunhofer FOKUS.

Fraunhofer FOKUS Famium solution will be featured at FOKUS’s booth in hall 8, booth 8.B80 and hall 14, booth 14.184, at IBC 2013, taking place in Amsterdam, September 13-17.

About Fraunhofer FOKUS:

Fraunhofer FOKUS, based in Berlin, Germany, explores how communication networks can contribute to more convenient and more secure living. Thus, the institute addresses important challenges in society, including access to information, smart mobility and modern governmental administration that is efficient as well as accessible from everywhere.

Besides technical infrastructures, Fraunhofer FOKUS develops manifold practical solutions. As an independent research institute, Fraunhofer FOKUS is an important link between industry, governmental administration and the people. The institute is developing the communication architecture of tomorrow both on its own and together with strong partners. In particular, Fraunhofer FOKUS is specialized in the development of multi-domain networks as well as interoperable, user-centric solutions. With 25 years of experience, the institute is one of the most important ICT research partners in Germany.

About Microsoft:

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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