Netflix chooses Microsoft PlayReady and PIFF format

Microsoft logoMicrosoft PlayReady and Protected Interoperable File Format (PIFF) have become the chosen formats for Netflix streaming content, according to a Microsoft announcement today. The agreement makes PlayReady the primary content protection technology for new Netflix supported Internet TVs, home theater systems, Blu-ray Disc Players, game consoles and other electronic devices.

Microsoft’s Silverlight is already used for watching Netflix streaming content on PCs and Macs via browser plug-ins, with content protection from PlayReady. Today’s announcement says PlayReady will become Netflix’s primary DRM technology in new electronic devices as early as this summer.

The agreement creates wider support for Microsoft PlayReady and PIFF — allowing more consumers to use the Netflix Service through a wide range of devices.

Among the audio and video formats PlayReady supports are Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), AAC+, Enhanced AAC+, H.264, Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV).

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot writes about technology, broadcasting, and digital entertainment. You can also find him on Gameverse, Gadget Review, and Google+.

One Reply to “Netflix chooses Microsoft PlayReady and PIFF format”

  1. jeff says:

    its good that microsoft is using something that is universal will have to read more on this.

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