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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).

Jeff Chabot
Jeff has a background in photography, video and television production. He writes about technology, broadcasting, home theater, and digital entertainment.



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