How to protect my VODs with DRM in Dacast?

Introduction to DRM

DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a well-established technology that addresses both unauthorized distribution and access.

DRM allows the broadcaster to protect their on-demand content from ripping (grabbing the video chunks from the network) or screen recording. We utilize industry-standard protocols (Widevine and Fairplay) to cover most browsers and devices, and we have built this solution in-house and been certified as a DRM vendor.

DRM benefits 

Digital rights management can be precious to anyone who needs to give their valuable content an extra layer of protection to AES encryption, from unauthorized use and distribution. Unauthorized use means that someone who is not authorized to access the content beyond some period of time continues to access it. 

This is especially important for broadcasters, including those who stream music videos, cinematic content, sports replays, and various other use cases, where the content is licensed on rigorous terms that require copy protection.

Any broadcaster originating their own content or licensing content will need to prove that they sufficiently secure their content against copying (copyright infringements). It provides one industry-standard method to comply with this requirement.

As we’ve just seen, having DRM protection offers you 3 great benefits:

  • Additional security to AES: DRM differs from AES mainly in how the keys are delivered and how browsers handle DRM assets.
  • Secure your on-demand content against downloading. 
  • Effectively protect your revenue stream: with DRM, your on-demand content is no longer at risk of being illicitly shared and even less in combination with Dacast’s inbuilt paywall. 

How to enable it with Dacast

DRM protection feature is available for Scale plan and above.

Once you activate the DRM feature in your account, you’ll have the ability to toggle this option on or off for specific on-demand content from your Dacast account.

You’ll be able to toggle it on or off for both existing and new on-demand videos:

To do so, it’s simple. You will click on the “Security” tab of your selected on-demand content: 

And you will be able to enable/disable DRM with the toggle shown below: 


Your video is now protected against copying, ripping, and piracy.

For more information about video security, we invite you to see our blog article on this subject. If you have any questions about the Dacast DRM feature, do not hesitate to contact us.

Rizaldy Samonte

Zac is a part of the Dacast Support team and started working with the company in 2020. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.