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DRM License - text
 

This is the most common method of license delivery and is the recommended to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

You should simply give the End User the URL to the content, providing the content is encrypted and is part of a subscription which has permissions associated with it. When the End User attempts to play back the encrypted media, they will be prompted to authenticate. If the correct credentials are provided, a license will be delivered for each piece of authenticated content associated with the subscription.

The link would look something like: http://easylink.playstream.com/mountpoint/clip.wvx.

 
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
If you have an on-demand account, all instructions assume that you have encoded and uploaded your media to your account at www.playstream.com.
 
Step 1 - Encrypt your media
Encryption is the act of protecting your media with a unique ID for purposes data security. In order to access encrypted media, the -End User must have a User Name and password (Permission) that allows decryption and playback. Without this Permission, encrypted media will not play.
 
Step 2 - Create and save a customer profile
 
How to Create a Customer Profile:
  • Login into your PlayStream account at www.playstream.com using your PlayStream Customer Login and Password..
  • Click on the “Secure Your Media” icon.
  • Click “View” under the “Customer Profile” Heading.
  • Enter your contact name, contact e-mail, contact URL and any message you would like your End Users to receive if they have problems. This information will appear in a dialogue box (in the End Users Windows Media Player) if they have trouble acquiring a license to play your content.
  • Click “Update” to save your Customer Profile changes.
  • Click “Back” to return to the Main Digital Rights Management area.
Step 3 - Create a subscription
 
What is a Subscription?
A Subscription is a combination of media (your files) and Permissions (User Names and passwords) that are used to control access to your encrypted media.
How to create a Subscription:
  • Login into your PlayStream account at www.playstream.com using your PlayStream Customer Login and Password.
  • Click on the “Secure Your Media” icon.
  • Click “View” under the heading “Subscription/Permissions."
  • Click “Create New."
  • Enter a Subscription Name.
  • Leave all the basic rights set to their default values. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Create New Subscription.”
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click “Back."
  • If your Subscription does not appear in the Subscription list, click “Refresh” on your browser.
Step 4 - Create Permissions for your Subscription
 
What is a Permission?
A Permission is a User Name and Password combination that you give to each End User. The Permission allows you to control who views your media and how often. It also allows you modify the End Users rights to save and manipulate your content.
How to Create a Permission (User Name/Password):
  • Login into your PlayStream account at www.playstream.com using your PlayStream Customer Login and Password.
  • Click on the “Secure Your Media” icon.
  • Click “View” under the “Subscription/Permissions” heading.
  • Select the radio button for the Subscription that needs Permissions.
  • Click “Add Permissions” above the Subscription List.
  • Specify the “Allowed Count” for each Permission. This is the number of times a given User Name/Password combination is allowed to acquire a license to play encrypted content.
  • Enter the number of Permissions to create. This is the number User Name/Password combinations that you are creating to access your encrypted media. You issue these Permissions to your End Users,. If you anticipate 10 End Users, then create 10 permissions. If you anticipate 100 End Users, then create 100 permissions. The Permissions will be viewable as an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Click “Create."
  • The results will be displayed as a list of User Names/Passwords in an Excel spreadsheet named “add_permission.xls”. Save the spreadsheet to your local machine. You can rename the file to any name you want as long as you maintain the “.xls” file extension.
Repeat this process as desired to add new Permissions for your Subscription.
 
Step 5 - Add Encrypted Content to your Subscription
 
What Content Can Be Added to A Subscription?
Please note: you can only add encrypted media to a DRM subscription. If you attempt to add unencrypted media to a subscription, nothing will happen. If you attempt to add both encrypted and unencrypted media to a subscription, only the encrypted media will show in the confirmation list prior to adding content to your subscription.
How to Add Encrypted Content to Your Subscription:
  • Login into your PlayStream account at www.playstream.com using your PlayStream Customer Login and Password.
  • Click on the "Manage Your Content" icon.
  • Click on the small "Manage Content" icon for the On-Demand Service name where the content that you want to encrypt is stored. This will probably be the root folder of your PlayStream FTP account. If the encrypted content is in a subfolder, navigate to that subfolder.
  • Select the encrypted media you want to add to the subscription by selecting the checkboxes to the left of the media file names.
  • When you have selected all content, click “Add to Subscription” above the content list.
  • Choose the subscription name that you want to add the encrypted media to from the subscriptions available in the drop down list.
  • Click “Add to Subscription.” If the content has been successfully added to the selected subscription, you will be shown a confirmation message.
  • Click the “Back” button to return to the content list.
Step 6 - Linking to your Encrypted Media
 
Information on Easy Link
Link to your encrypted media as you would to any other content in your PlayStream account using PlayStream Easylink technology. For more information about Easylink technology, please refer to our support section.
How to Link to Encrypted Content:
  • Login into your PlayStream account at www.playstream.com using your PlayStream Customer Login and Password.
  • Click on the "Manage Your Content" icon.
  • Click on the small "Manage Content" icon for the On-Demand Service name where the content that you want to encrypt is stored.
  • Navigate to the file you want to link to.
  • Click on the file name link. You will be taken to the file info page.
  • Cut and paste the stream link from the text field into the source HTML for your Web page in order to link to your encrypted media.
Step 7 - Distribute Permissions to End Users
 
How you authorize, distribute and bill your End Users for permissions (User Names and passwords) is your choice. PlayStream is currently working with third party vendors to integrate our DRM services and provide you with a billing solution.
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