March 27, 2015 Leave a comment
What is multi-DRM and why does it get so much attention lately? To answer this question we first have to make the definition of “platform” clear. There are many things that can be called platforms – the hardware of a device like a mobile phone of a particular manufacturer, an operating system such as Windows, a browser such as Chrome, and even software on which a specific video player runs, like Silverlight. All of these are equivalent where multi-DRM is concerned.
The various platforms usually have a DRM component embedded somewhere, either in the hardware, the operating system. The DRM component can also be part of some platform software created by a third party vendor, for example Google Chrome that incorporates a different DRM than the platform on which it is running on (e.g. Windows) but the Chrome DRM component can still be called native – native to Chrome platform.
The following list outlines some popular platforms and the respective DRM technologies they use.