DRM Platform Comparison

Different video platforms use different digital rights management (DRM) systems to enable protected playback. With the multitude of user devices and applications on the market, determining which DRM systems are supported by what platforms is not always straightforward. Here you’ll find a resource to help clarify things.

DRM Platform Comparison
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Platform Native DRM Support

This table is a general guideline to help list the DRM systems supported by popular platforms and devices. While we list the built-in DRM support that ships with each, there may be other methods of enabling additional DRM systems such as implementing an SDK.

For example, our PRESTOplay for iOS SDK provides additional DRM support by enabling Widevine for iOS playback apps.


Scroll to the right to see the full table.

HTML5 Browsers PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Streaming
Primetime
(Access)
Marlin CMLA-OMA
Chrome (35+) NO YES NO NO NO NO NO
Firefox (47+) 1
On Windows Vista+, Mac OS X 10.9+, Linux
NO YES NO NO NO NO NO
Internet Explorer (11)
On Windows 8.1+
YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Microsoft Edge YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Opera (31+) NO YES NO NO NO NO NO
Safari
Safari 8+ on macOS & Safari on iOS 11.2+
NO NO NO YES NO NO NO
Mobile PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Streaming
Primetime
(Access)
Marlin CMLA-OMA
Android (6+) 2 NO YES NO NO NO NO NO
Android (4.4 – 5.1) NO YES YES NO NO NO NO
Android (3.1 – 4.3) NO NO YES NO NO NO NO
iOS (6+) NO NO NO YES NO NO NO
Windows Phone YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Set-top Boxes & Casting PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Streaming
Primetime
(Access)
Marlin CMLA-OMA
Chromecast YES YES NO NO NO NO NO
Android TV YES YES NO NO NO NO NO
Roku YES YES NO NO YES NO NO
Apple TV NO NO NO YES NO NO NO
Amazon Fire TV YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Google TV YES NO YES NO NO NO NO
Smart TVs PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Streaming
Primetime
(Access)
Marlin CMLA-OMA
Samsung (Tizen)
2017-2018+ models
YES YES NO NO NO NO NO
Samsung (Tizen)
2015-2017 models
YES NO YES NO NO NO NO
Samsung (Orsay) 3
2010-2015 models
YES NO YES NO NO NO NO
LG (webOS & Netcast) YES NO YES NO NO NO NO
Smart TV Alliance 4
LG, Philips, Toshiba, Panasonic
YES NO YES NO NO NO NO
Android TV YES YES NO NO NO NO NO
Game Consoles PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Streaming
Primetime
(Access)
Marlin CMLA-OMA
Xbox One / 360 YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
PlayStation 3 / 4 YES NO NO NO NO YES NO
Specifications PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Streaming
Primetime
(Access)
Marlin CMLA-OMA
TNT (2.0+) 5 YES NO NO NO NO YES NO
HbbTV (1.5+) 6 YES YES NO NO YES YES YES
Plugins & Run-time Environments PlayReady Widevine
Modular
Widevine
Classic
FairPlay
Streaming
Primetime
(Access)
Marlin CMLA-OMA
Adobe Flash / AIR NO NO NO NO YES NO NO
Silverlight YES NO NO NO NO NO NO

Last updated: June 2018

First published: May 2014 on our drmtoday.com site.

Please note: this list is maintained, however, it may become out of date periodically as platforms change support.

Notes:
1 Firefox support for Adobe Primetime ended at version 51 and was for Windows only.
2 Some Android devices may still support Widevine Classic, but manufacturers are no longer required to support it.
3 PlayReady not supported in Orsay 2010 models.
4 Some Smart TV Alliance models may not support Widevine.
5 Recommended DRM systems via TNT using MPEG-DASH. Some manufacturers may not support both DRM systems: support is mainly for PlayReady.
6 Listed DRM systems are via HbbTV’s Common Encryption (CENC) support using MPEG-DASH. Learn more.

If you’d like an additional platform listed or are looking for more information on DRM system support then please contact us.

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