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Broadpeak completes “world’s first” DASH, HLS encryption

The company's BkS350 origin packager is the first solution to offer this capability

Broadpeak has announced the completion of what it says is the world’s first unified packaging and encryption of DASH and HLS formats.

Using the latest version of its BkS350 origin packager, Broadpeak successfully delivered DASH and HLS video fragments using the same chunks (encrypted with CBCS) and container (CMAF) for both protocols.

According to Broadpeak, this capability is expected to optimise storage costs for OTT service providers. Until CMAF was developed, HLS and DASH required different containers for delivery. Apple FairPlay and Google Widevine also used different encryption schemes (CBCS and CTR), creating the need for a different chunk for each streaming format (HLS and DASH) even with the new CMAF container.

Now that Widevine allows CBCS encryption, it is possible to encrypt one CMAF fragment for both HLS and DASH formats. Broadpeak’s BkS350 origin packager is the first solution to offer this capability.

Broadpeak CEO Jacques Le Mancq said: “Today, OTT delivery can be costly in terms of network bandwidth and storage due to the multiplication of streaming formats. Service providers need to deliver video content in two entirely different packaging formats and two different encryption schemes in order to reach all devices.

“The BkS350 origin packager eliminates these issues and unifies video delivery by introducing a common video streaming scheme for several players. We’re excited to share this innovation with our customers and support them in the optimisation of their overall video streaming costs.”