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Analysis of the Global Digital Rights Management Market

Analysis of the Global Digital Rights Management Market

This study analyzes the content digital rights management (DRM) market. This refers to full-fledged DRM solutions intended to provide persistent, user-specific, title-specific protection for audio and/or video content in business-to-consumer (B2C) use cases.

DRM is the cornerstone of the digital content economy. Even as over-the-top (OTT) video consumption soars in volume and revenue, the risks of piracy and copyright violation remain pervasive, and the DRM layer ensures that content remains protected and is used in accordance with applicable policy and business rules.

While ad-monetized live video still heavily uses AES-128 bit encryption rather than full-fledged DRM systems, there is growing use of formal DRM as movie release windows are shortened, device resolutions increase, bandwidths broaden, and resolutions rise past HD towards 4K. DRM is also becoming the gateway to gathering usage data to fuel analytics, which in turn enables targeted advertising and personalized content recommendations—both of which are crucial competitive differentiators today.

The competitive landscape for DRM has stabilized somewhat with Adobe, Google, Microsoft, and Verimatrix leading the market. However, growing emphasis on analytics is leading vendors like Ericsson to re-enter the market in earnest.

About this report

This market engineering study provides revenue forecasts and market share estimates for the global digital rights management (DRM) market, in terms of both realized revenue and actual valuation. This refers to full-fledged DRM solutions intended to provide persistent, user-specific, title-specific protection for audio and/or video content in business-to-consumer (B2C) use cases. Drivers and restraints, as well as technical and competitive trends, are discussed in depth. The analysis provides detailed numerical forecasts, with emphasis on the competitive implications of ongoing disruption and future market needs. The base year used for analysis is 2014 and forecasts span 2015 to 2020.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Market Overview
    • Digital Media Value Chain
    • Market Definitions
    • Regions Covered
    • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
  • Drivers and Restraints-Total DRM Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
      • Table Consumer Video Devices Market: Unit Shipment Forecast, Global, 2014-2020
      • Table Consumer Video Devices Market: Percent Breakdown by Segment, Global, 2014-2020
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total DRM Market
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Market Value and Realized Revenue Forecast
      • Table Total DRM Market: Market Value and Realized Revenue Forecast, Global, 2014-2020
    • Market Value and Realized Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Total DRM Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2014 and 2020
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Market Value Regional Forecast
      • Table Total DRM Market: Market Value Regional Forecast, Global, 2014-2020
    • Market Realized Revenue Regional Forecast
      • Table Total DRM Market: Market Realized Revenue, Global, 2014-2020
  • Technical Trends-Total DRM Market
    • Standardization Attempts to Rein in Fragmentation Chaos
    • Changing Streaming Formats and Their Impact on DRM
    • Competition Between Apps and Browsers
    • The Influence of Online Video Platforms and Managed Service Providers
    • Growing Need for Hardware and SoC Support
    • DRM Evolves Past Security Management to Monetization
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis-Total DRM Market
    • How F&S Measured Market Revenues and Market Share by Revenue
    • How F&S Measured Market Size by Units and Market Share by Units
    • DRM Market Share by Revenue Valuation
    • Market Share Metrics
      • Table Total DRM Market: Percent Market Share by Valuation, Native Footprint in Client Units Shipped, and Active Footprint in Deployed Client Units, Global, 2014
    • DRM Market Share by Realized Revenue
    • DRM Market Share Based on Content
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
    • Competitive Landscape
    • Competitive Environment
    • Microsoft PlayReady-SWOT Analysis
    • Google Widevine-SWOT Analysis
    • Adobe PrimeTime-SWOT Analysis
    • Verimatrix VCAS-SWOT Analysis
  • NA and CALA Analysis
    • NA and CALA Market Forecast
      • Table DRM Market: Market Value and Realized Revenue Forecast, NA and CALA, 2014-2020
    • NA and CALA Market Forecast Discussion
  • EMEA Analysis
    • EMEA Market Forecast
      • Table DRM Market: Market Value and Realized Revenue Forecast, EMEA, 2014-2020
    • EMEA Market Forecast Discussion
  • APAC Analysis
    • APAC Market Forecast
      • Table DRM Market: Market Value and Realized Revenue Forecast, APAC, 2014-2020
    • APAC Market Forecast Discussion
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-Key Trends in the DRM Market
    • The Last Word-Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total DRM Market: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2014
    • Partial List of Companies Interviewed
    • Additional Sources of Information on Content Monetization

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