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Aiming to streamline the integration of digital rights management (DRM) with encoders, transcoders and origin servers, Amazon Web Services has launched an open API specification to simplify encryption for live and on-demand media workflows.

awselemental 1 feb 2018The Secure Packager and Encoder Key Exchange (SPEKE) is an open, extensible API specification developed to solve the problem by which until recently, most integrations required a custom API for each DRM solutions provider and each encryptor. This traditionally proved costly and time consuming, and often delayed the launch of new services and .

Built on the DASH industry forum’s CPIX standard and designed for both live and on-demand media workflows, SPEKE is designed to solve these challenges by providing a standardised method for key exchange between encryptors and DRM systems. It enables customers to use SPEKE-enabled key servers or encryptors in on-premises, cloud, or hybrid infrastructures.

SPEKE also provides a universal, secure way for SPEKE-enabled key servers and encryptors to encrypt content. An API specification supports HLS, MSS and DASH packaging as well as standard DRM platforms, including Apple FairPlay Streaming, Microsoft PlayReady, Google Widevine, AES-128, and proprietary DRMs.

SPEKE is an exciting development for our industry...it further improves operational efficiencies and reduces both the time and costs involved in launching OTT services,” said Will Law, founding board member and vice-chairman, DASH Industry Forum.

Companies that have already implemented SPEKE include AWS, Axinom, castLabs, EZDRM, INKA Entworks, Insys Video Technologies, Intertrust Technologies, Irdeto, Kaltura, NAGRA, NEXTSCAPE, Verimatrix, Viaccess-Orca, VUALTO and WebStream.