FairPlay Azure Microsoft Official

Apple’s FairPlay Streaming on Azure Media Services is now generally available today, says Microsoft. The service has been in preview for a few months since being launched earlier in the year. General availability was announced today by Mingfei Yan, a program manager of Azure Media Services.

Microsoft says it is rolling out FairPlay to customers in North America now, while global availability will come in September. Users can link the service through the Azure Media Services Explorer Tool or Azure portal.

FairPlay is a service that allows users to extend their new version Apple TV to create a FairPlay Streaming solution. Combined with existing Azure services like PlayReady and Widevine DRM through Azure Media Services. This creates a multi-DRM solution for Azure users.

It allows users to stream premium content in HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Azure Media Services can be used with FairPlay support to encrypt content such as videos and securely stream content on Apple software such as OS X, iOS, and Apple TV.

Implementing FairPlay

In a blog post to announce general availability of the service, Microsoft announced implementing the service is easy.

  • “Sign up with Apple Development Program.
  • Apple requires the content owner to obtain the deployment package. Please state the request you already implemented KSM (Key Security Module) with Azure Media Services and that you are requesting the final FPS package.
  • Once you obtain the final FPS package, you will need to follow instructions to generate a certification and ASK (Application Secret Key). Please save those who need to be used later when you are configuring FairPlay services. Please check out this article if you have difficulties of converting your cert to .pfx format.”