DRMtoday for Onboard Entertainment Systems
Playing studio content through passenger entertainment systems presents unique challenges when digital rights management (DRM) is required. Our solution helps simplify secured playback for these scenarios.
We offer an offline version of our DRMtoday service designed to license protected content for in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems as well as streaming networks operating on trains, buses, cruise ships, and ferries.
DRMtoday can also be deployed in other environments with limited or no internet access, or where keys need to be stored locally instead of in the cloud.
End-to-end workflow components
Our passenger entertainment solution consists of these modular elements:
Our Video Toolkit cloud service offers encryption, encoding, and packaging to process media assets for onboard delivery. Our service has already been used to prepare content for a leading European airline.
Safely moving studio content onto transportation entertainment servers is an important security procedure to consider. We support various content and key loading scenarios including the use of network or physical storage transfer.
Player hardware options
Our solution is flexible allowing DRM licensing to be delivered either across onboard playback hardware or passenger-owned devices.
Utilize existing screens
Our solution can be implemented for use with already installed entertainment system playback hardware.
DRMtoday can be installed alongside WiFi infrastructure to enable ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) wireless streaming for protected playback on Android/iOS smartphones and tablets as well as browsers on laptops.
Example scenario: in-flight entertainment
Before content can be loaded onto an aircraft’s server for distribution, it must first be encrypted and packaged for delivery.
Encrypted content and license data (keys/keyseeds) are easily and securely stored on the plane’s onboard streaming server where DRMtoday is also installed.
When a passenger requests playback, the onboard DRMtoday service determines the encryption key and generates a license for the DRM system used by the playback device.
DRMtoday delivers the content license to the passenger’s player application, content is decrypted on the device, and playback begins.
Low hardware footprint
Our solution’s footprint is small needing only a simple local server. As system requirements are minimal, low-cost or existing onboard server technology can often be used.
For example, when delivering to mobiles using the CMLA-OMA DRM system, DRMtoday Onboard can even be run on a Raspberry Pi.