Creating a Strategy for Protecting Your Digitally Distributed Content

How to determine if DRM or Encrypted HLS is right for your business

Every publisher or content distributor wants to protect their video content. The threat of theft is real: the movie industry alone loses up to $5 billion a year due to the illegal distribution of its content.

Two of the more widely used technologies for protecting content are Encrypted HTTP Live Streaming (aka Encrypted HLS) and Digital Rights Management (DRM). Both have a strong track record in securing proprietary content. The right approach is to choose the best solution for your specific business situation.


  • What is Encrypted HLS?
  • What is Digital Rights Management (DRM)?
  • What are the key differences between the two approaches?
  • What are the economic implications of choosing one versus the other?
  • Which use cases are better suited to each technology?