Studios and content owners have long trusted Microsoft PlayReady Content Protection as the most reliable DRM system. Devices using PlayReady Software-based implementations are approved for 1080p, UHD, and 4k content.
PlayReady is a media file copy prevention technology from Microsoft that includes encryption, output prevention, and DRM. It is a combination of technologies that allow audio/video content to be shared more securely across a network while preventing illicit content use. Microsoft recognized the need for increased content protection and improved its hardware-based DRM to meet the needs of content owners.
It repackages unprotected information for dissemination. The protected material is copied to a Distribution Server, and the licensing information is transmitted to a License Server when the content is packaged.
It stores information on content protection and rights to use it. Clients should first get a license from a license server before they may play protected content (or the request may already be embedded in the content file).
Implements the rules that define a domain, such as a single user's or family's identity. The Domain Controller is also in charge of enforcing the policy that limits the number of devices or PCs that may join the domain.