TV and Radio Content Protection
in an open Web ecosystem
Olivier Thereaux, George Wright, BBC.
Second W3C Web and TV Workshop,
Berlin 8th February 2011
You probably know us for…
- TV Anytime
BBC and Web Standards
- Historically strong
- Major adopter (HTML, Semantic Web, etc.)
- Renewed involvement
Public mission implies:
Access for all
Same quality of service
Open Web stack?
- Industry demand
- Consumer demand for varied, quality programmes
- Cultural evolution happening, but in the meantime?
- No need for absolute perfection - “good enough effort”
Content Protection (in practice)
- Make illicit copy difficult enough
Streaming is not the solution
- Not always an adequate content protection mechanism
- Does not fulfil “offline access” use case
Standard DRM is tricky
- Not because “there is no such thing as perfect DRM” (nobody cares)
- …but because DRM necessarily involves some closed secret
- Room for some open DRM mechanism with minimal closed secret
Maximising the use of open standards
- Prepare for a (potential) future with lower demand for content protection
- HTML5 needs to interface with DRM-protected formats
- Plugins are necessary evil?
- Use CanPlayType() API?
- Other ideas?