DASH and HLS support

DASH is supported with Microsoft PlayReady and Widevine DRM, and HLS with Apple FairPlay Streaming when integrated with the Security Services Platform (SSP) or the Conax Contego security management system.

The standard solution across all the supported browsers and platforms is provided via the DASH Industry Forum dash.js package which is extended to facilitate seamless SSP and Conax Contego integration, and using the browser HTML MSE and EME specifications for descrambling and rendering.

PlatformStreaming formatOS supportedEncryption methodDRM
Edge (Chromium)DASHWindowscencWidevine
Edge (legacy)DASHWindowscencPlayReady
ChromeDASHWindows/MaccencWidevine
FirefoxDASHWindows/MaccencWidevine
SafariHLSMacSAMPLE-AESFairPlay

The CONNECT Player SDK for Browsers also provides the additional benefit that end-users do not have to download and install any plugins or extensions. A common player control bar provides standard control bar features, as well as thumbnail preview on seeking and the ability to easily re-skin to match customer branding.

APIs

To support video playback, Chrome, MS Edge, Firefox and Safari have added the following APIs to the HTMLMediaElement:

  • Media Source Extensions (MSE)
    A JavaScript application manages the media streams displayed by the HTML5 <video> element, enabling the player to support adaptive streaming to optimise users' available bandwidth and device capabilities. It also provides support for fragmented MP4, which means fewer different encodings are required, reducing CDN costs.
  • Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)
    These enable the HTML5 <video> element to play DRM-protected content via a JavaScript application that manages licence and key exchange. Licence and key management are carried out by the application, allowing the CONNECT Player to integrate with multiple DRM schemes appropriate to the platform.

SDK file contents

The Browsers SDK folder typically contains the following files (zipped):

Open source usage

The following third-party software is used and embedded within the CONNECT Player SDK for Browsers Release 1.6.1.

Open SourceVersionLicenseWebsite
dashjs3.0.3BSD-3-Clausehttps://github.com/Dash-Industry-Forum/dash.js
video.js7.4.1MIThttps://github.com/videojs/video.js/
videojs-contrib-dash2.11.0Apache License, Version 2.0https://github.com/videojs/videojs-contrib-dash
videojs-thumbnails0.1.1Apache License, Version 2.0https://github.com/brightcove/videojs-thumbnails
videojs-watermark2.0.0Apache License, Version 2.0https://github.com/dotsub/videojs-watermark
videojs-overlay2.1.4Apache License, Version 2.0https://github.com/brightcove/videojs-overlay
google-protobuf3.9.1BSD 3-Clause Licensehttps://github.com/protobufjs/protobuf.js
Jose JWE and JWS0.1.6Apache License, Version 2.0https://github.com/square/js-jose