Pac-12 Networks, the sports media production arm of the Pac-12 Conference, has gone all-in on AWS to transform the collegiate sports experience for its millions of fans. In this video, Mark Kramer, Vice President, Engineering & Technology, shares how Pac-12 Networks applies AWS Elemental Media Services along with AWS services for database, storage, compute, and machine learning as it delivers more than 850 live events and over 200 hours of studio programming per year.
Today, AWS introduced the Secure Packager and Encoder Key Exchange, or SPEKE for short. So, what is it? SPEKE is an open API specification that aims to democratize media workflows by streamlining the way Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems integrate with encryptors. For those unfamiliar with the term, “encryptors” encompasses encoders, transcoders, and origin servers. In video processing and delivery workflows, encryptors obtain encryption keys from DRM platforms, encrypt content, and send it downstream for consumption.
SPEKE delivers a standardized method for key exchange between encryptors and DRM systems for both live and on-demand media workflows, while allowing media customers to use any SPEKE-enabled key server or encryptor in on-premises, cloud, or hybrid infrastructures. SPEKE is built on the DASH Industry Forum’s Content Protection Information Exchange (CPIX) specification. SPEKE builds on CPIX for authentication and other behaviors, and eliminates the need for intense, complex integrations between proprietary multi-DRM APIs and encryptors from different vendors. AWS Elemental MediaConvert, AWS Elemental MediaPackage, AWS Elemental Live and AWS Elemental Delta each support SPEKE and we are looking for other encoding, transcoding, and packaging vendors to integrate SPEKE into their product offerings. (For a deeper dive on CPIX, see this guest post on the AWS Media Blog.)
Prior to SPEKE, integration would require a custom API between each DRM key server and each encryptor, which proved time consuming and could delay the launch of new services for customers. Now, SPEKE-enabled DRM key servers should work with any SPEKE-enabled encryptors out of the box. SPEKE supports HLS, MSS, and DASH with DRM solutions including Apple FairPlay, Microsoft PlayReady, Google Widevine, AES-128, and proprietary DRMs.
More than a dozen vendors are already on board with SPEKE including AWS, Axinom, castLabs, EZDRM, INKA Entworks, Insys Video Technologies, Intertrust Technologies, Irdeto, Kaltura, NAGRA, NEXTSCAPE, Verimatrix, Viaccess-Orca, VUALTO, and WebStream.
Across the world, live sports events consistently rank among the most-watched content on broadcast and online platforms. Over-the-top (OTT) video gives broadcasters a powerful tool to capitalize on audience excitement for these can’t-miss events. Through OTT offerings, broadcasters can deliver unique experiences to viewers’ preferred devices and enrich the fan experience with advanced statistics and interactive functionality.
In this session from AWS re:Invent 2018, Raphaël Goldwaser explains how France Télévisions moved its streaming video infrastructure to AWS Media Services to achieve fast channel start-up, flexible output options, and a future-proof technology roadmap along with excellent video quality.