Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
Another method of providing content to users is as a subscription service. In this scenario, a user pays a fee to play back content a certain number of times and to receive licenses for a variety of content each billing period. When implementing this scenario, consider the following:
Determine the method for licensing your content. For more information about the methods for streaming protected Windows Media-based content, see the Windows Media Rights Manager SDK.
Use the Windows Media Services snap-in to create on-demand publishing points on your server to distribute subscription content.
Enable the authentication and authorization plug-ins that you want to use to control access to your content. You may also want to enable a logging plug-in to record the activity on the publishing point. Using data collected in the log files, you can create reports to verify that your system is performing as expected.
Let your users know that content is available. You can create a link on your existing Web site that users can use to connect to your publishing point and access your content. You can also create a default Web page with a link to your content and then customize the page to meet your needs.