Widevine license template overview


Azure Media Services now enables you to configure and request Widevine licenses. When the end user player tries to play your Widevine protected content, a request is sent to the license delivery service to obtain a license. If the license service approves the request, it issues the license which is sent to the client and can be used to decrypt and play the specified content.

Widevine license request is formatted as a JSON message.


You can choose to create an empty message with no values just "{}" and a license template will be created with all defaults. The default works for most cases. For example, for MS based license delivery scenarios that should always be default. If you do need to set the "provider" and "content_id" values, a provider must match Google's Widevine credentials.

   “payload”:“<license challenge>”,
   “content_id”: “<content id>” 
   “provider”: ”<provider>”
         “track_type”:“<track type 1>”
         “track_type”:“<track type 2>”
      “can_play”:<can play>,
      “can persist”:<can persist>,
      “can_renew”:<can renew>,
      “rental_duration_seconds”:<rental duration>,
      “playback_duration_seconds”:<playback duration>,
      “license_duration_seconds”:<license duration>,
      “renewal_recovery_duration_seconds”:<renewal recovery duration>,
      “renewal_server_url”:”<renewal server url>”,
      “renewal_delay_seconds”:<renewal delay>,
      “renewal_retry_interval_seconds”:<renewal retry interval>,
      “renew_with_usage”:<renew with usage>

JSON message

Name Value Description
payload Base64 encoded string The license request sent by a client.
content_id Base64 encoded string Identifier used to derive KeyId(s) and Content Key(s) for each content_key_specs.track_type.
provider string Used to look up content keys and policies. If MS key delivery is used for Widevine license delivery, this parameter is ignored.
policy_name string Name of a previously registered policy. Optional
allowed_track_types enum SD_ONLY or SD_HD. Controls which content keys should be included in a license
content_key_specs array of JSON structures, see Content Key Specs below A finer grained control on what content keys to return. See Content Key Spec below for details. Only one of allowed_track_types and content_key_specs can be specified.
use_policy_overrides_exclusively boolean. true or false Use policy attributes specified by policy_overrides and omit all previously stored policy.
policy_overrides JSON structure, see Policy Overrides below Policy settings for this license. In the event this asset has a pre-defined policy, these specified values will be used.
session_init JSON structure, see Session Initialization below Optional data passed to license.
parse_only boolean. true or false The license request is parsed but no license is issued. However, values form the license request are returned in the response.

Content Key Specs

If a pre-existing policy exist, there is no need to specify any of the values in the Content Key Spec. The pre-existing policy associated with this content will be used to determine the output protection such as HDCP and CGMS. If a pre-existing policy is not registered with the Widevine License Server, the content provider can inject the values into the license request.

Each content_key_specs must be specified for all tracks, regardless of the option use_policy_overrides_exclusively.

Name Value Description
content_key_specs. track_type string A track type name. If content_key_specs is specified in the license request, make sure to specify all track types explicitly. Failure to do so will result in failure to playback past 10 seconds.
uint32 Defines client robustness requirements for playback.
1 - Software-based whitebox crypto is required.
2 - Software crypto and an obfuscated decoder is required.
3 - The key material and crypto operations must be performed within a hardware backed trusted execution environment.
4 - The crypto and decoding of content must be performed within a hardware backed trusted execution environment.
5 - The crypto, decoding and all handling of the media (compressed and uncompressed) must be handled within a hardware backed trusted execution environment.
string - one of: HDCP_NONE, HDCP_V1, HDCP_V2 Indicates whether HDCP is require
encoded string
Content key to use for this track. If specified, the track_type or key_id is required. This option allows the content provider to inject the content key for this track instead of letting Widevine license server generate or lookup a key.
content_key_specs.key_id Base64 encoded string binary, 16 bytes Unique identifier for the key.

Policy Overrides

Name Value Description
policy_overrides. can_play boolean. true or false Indicates that playback of the content is allowed. Default is false.
policy_overrides. can_persist boolean. true or false Indicates that the license may be persisted to non-volatile storage for offline use. Default is false.
policy_overrides. can_renew boolean true or false Indicates that renewal of this license is allowed. If true, the duration of the license can be extended by heartbeat. Default is false.
policy_overrides. license_duration_seconds int64 Indicates the time window for this specific license. A value of 0 indicates that there is no limit to the duration. Default is 0.
policy_overrides. rental_duration_seconds int64 Indicates the time window while playback is permitted. A value of 0 indicates that there is no limit to the duration. Default is 0.
policy_overrides. playback_duration_seconds int64 The viewing window of time once playback starts within the license duration. A value of 0 indicates that there is no limit to the duration. Default is 0.
policy_overrides. renewal_server_url string All heartbeat (renewal) requests for this license shall be directed to the specified URL. This field is only used if can_renew is true.
policy_overrides. renewal_delay_seconds int64 How many seconds after license_start_time, before renewal is first attempted. This field is only used if can_renew is true. Default is 0
policy_overrides. renewal_retry_interval_seconds int64 Specifies the delay in seconds between subsequent license renewal requests, in case of failure. This field is only used if can_renew is true.
policy_overrides. renewal_recovery_duration_seconds int64 The window of time, in which playback is allowed to continue while renewal is attempted, yet unsuccessful due to backend problems with the license server. A value of 0 indicates that there is no limit to the duration. This field is only used if can_renew is true.
policy_overrides. renew_with_usage boolean true or false Indicates that the license shall be sent for renewal when usage is started. This field is only used if can_renew is true.

Session Initialization

Name Value Description
provider_session_token Base64 encoded string This session token is passed back in the license and will exist in subsequent renewals. The session token will not persist beyond sessions.
provider_client_token Base64 encoded string Client token to send back in the license response. If the license request contains a client token, this value is ignored. The client token will persist beyond license sessions.
override_provider_client_token boolean. true or false If false and the license request contains a client token, use the token from the request even if a client token was specified in this structure. If true, always use the token specified in this structure.

Configure your Widevine licenses using .NET types

Media Services provides .NET APIs that let you configure your Widevine licenses.

Classes as defined in the Media Services .NET SDK

The following are the definitions of these types.

public class WidevineMessage
    public WidevineMessage();

    [JsonProperty(NullValueHandling = NullValueHandling.Ignore)]
    public AllowedTrackTypes? allowed_track_types { get; set; }
    [JsonProperty(NullValueHandling = NullValueHandling.Ignore)]
    public ContentKeySpecs[] content_key_specs { get; set; }
    [JsonProperty(NullValueHandling = NullValueHandling.Ignore)]
    public object policy_overrides { get; set; }

public enum AllowedTrackTypes
    SD_ONLY = 0,
    SD_HD = 1
public class ContentKeySpecs
    public ContentKeySpecs();

    [JsonProperty(NullValueHandling = NullValueHandling.Ignore)]
    public string key_id { get; set; }
    [JsonProperty(NullValueHandling = NullValueHandling.Ignore)]
    public RequiredOutputProtection required_output_protection { get; set; }
    [JsonProperty(NullValueHandling = NullValueHandling.Ignore)]
    public int? security_level { get; set; }
    [JsonProperty(NullValueHandling = NullValueHandling.Ignore)]
    public string track_type { get; set; }

public class RequiredOutputProtection
    public RequiredOutputProtection();

    public Hdcp hdcp { get; set; }

public enum Hdcp
    HDCP_NONE = 0,
    HDCP_V1 = 1,
    HDCP_V2 = 2


The following example shows how to use .NET APIs to configure a simple Widevine license.

private static string ConfigureWidevineLicenseTemplate()
    var template = new WidevineMessage
        allowed_track_types = AllowedTrackTypes.SD_HD,
        content_key_specs = new[]
            new ContentKeySpecs
                required_output_protection = new RequiredOutputProtection { hdcp = Hdcp.HDCP_NONE},
                security_level = 1,
                track_type = "SD"
        policy_overrides = new
            can_play = true,
            can_persist = true,
            can_renew = false

    string configuration = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(template);
    return configuration;

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See also

Using PlayReady and/or Widevine Dynamic Common Encryption