19 March 2007
If it's true that content is king, then how do you protect the kingdom? How can you safely deliver audio and video content using Macromedia Flash while maintaining the utmost control and protection over it?
Flash has very strong, built-in digital media protection capabilities when you stream your content with Flash Media Server. With an API for enabling publishers to hook up external rights management capabilities, Flash Media Server provides a very practical solution for providing digital rights management (DRM) around streaming content.
This article describes how you can take advantage of those capabilities.
Flash offers a number of digital media protection capabilities that are included from the get-go. Delivering content with Flash Media Server provides even more advanced protection (covered next).
Here are a couple of protection features built into all content delivered with Flash Player:
With Flash Player you can completely customize your media player to display only the information you want your customers to see (see Figure 2). File information is not readily available unless the publisher chooses to make it so.
Delivering your content with Flash Media Server provides even more protection than what Flash Player provides alone:
Note: Some services erroneously claim to capture "streaming" Flash video but what they really mean is "HTTP streaming" or progressive download.
Using Flash Media Server, there are a number of different ways that publishers can verify and authenticate users before a stream is delivered. Authentication methods available in Flash Media Server 2 include the following:
The options listed above can be used to support a number of different authentication uses, including:
Flash Media Server is the only solution for securely streaming audio and video through the Flash Player. For more information about Flash Media Server, visit adobe.com/go/fms.
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