Creating Secure Device Interoperability with MPEG-DASH

Those who visited the recent Streaming Forum in London to learn more about MPEG-DASH found plenty to like. In one second-day panel on DASH and revenue security, Niels Thorwirth of Verimatrix explained technical details of creating a unified security strategy based on DASH. He started out with a little DASH history.

"The impetus for creating a standard was really to enable a broader ecosystem," began Thorwirth. "The individual solutions of HLS and Smooth Streaming, they are very popular, and they have a broad distribution, but yet there are specific silos, there are individual markets that can be addressed with that only and don't even have the promise of reaching a total population. With that comes the trend that's just starting in my view, the OTT distribution, the adaptive streaming. It's the early days. As it grows and as more users use it regularly and as new services come and provide more content, and as users expect more features on all devices, a common standard is really what it takes."

Thorwirth also explained the benefits of DASH, such as the template manifest that keeps file sizes small.

"Another tangible benefit is the templated manifest. That means that on the client-side you don't need a playlist that spells out every individual chunk, but you get instructions on how to construct the chunk and how to get that down," Thorwirth said.

For more on using DASH to grow new revenue opportunities, watch the full video below.

Leveraging MPEG-DASH for Enhanced Revenue Security 

This session will explore how a unified security strategy based on an open DRM scheme, such as MPEG-DASH, can help operators address the requirements of different device types, open up the universe of multi-network, multi-screen delivery, and accelerate the growth of new revenue streams.

Niels Thorwirth, Executive Director Advanced Technology, Verimatrix — USA

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