Unified Origin

Use a single unified source to stream all your media content to multiple clients and devices. Unified Origin is an all-in-one solution for streaming, Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Microsoft Smooth Streaming (MSS) and MPEG-DASH. Our features offer content protection with inbuilt support for DRM, subtitles, multiple language and audio tracks.

  • Use one source to stream to all screens
  • Works with all leading DRM providers
  • Includes restart TV, time-shift and catchup-TV

How it works

What it is exactly

Unified Origin is a software plugin for industry standard webservers like Apache, Nginx, Microsoft IIS and Lighttpd. The plugin allows a webserver to ingest one format (HLS, MP4, fMP4) and to package it on-the-fly to all formats, including HbbTV and Progressive. Supported DRM schemes are Adobe Access, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Marlin, FairPlay, PlayReady and Widevine.

Unified Origin supports DRM through play out of pre-encrypted content, on-the-fly encryption of clear content and trans-DRM. Trans-DRM is a unique feature allowing on-the-fly change of DRM using pre-encrypted content. Common encryption (CENC) is also supported. Both CENC and trans-DRM allow for a flexible approach to DRM and play out format.

Unified Origin supports advanced audio technology like DTS Express and Dolby Digital Plus along with subtitles and captions. This is achieved by using DFXP/TTML, ISMT and WebVTT.

Just one workflow for Live and VOD

Supporting all your formats, with all their features and content protection solutions, should not be burden. Use Unified Origin for Live and VOD to reduce complexity – and to reduce costs. By unifying platform-specific solutions, Unified Origin addresses in just one go a spectrum of issues, including content and storage management, ever-growing storage, content protection, closed captions and workflow. With Unified Origin, you only need one source file, one method of protection covering several DRMs, one caption file and one workflow for all formats. The key to eliminating platform-specific complexity is what we call the unified (mezzanine) manifest file.

Easy to integrate, get quick time to market

Unified Origin was developed to meet the unique needs of a broad range of companies. This is why it is flexible and easy to integrate, fitting seamlessly into any existing workflow and CMS. This kind of adaptability means quick time to market.

Deploy anywhere

Deploy Unified Origin anywhere on-premises or in the cloud. Unified Origin works in Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure. Pre-configured and ready-to-stream images are available for both cloud hosting services.

Stream globally using Unified Origin and a CDN

Share your content with a global audience by using Unified Origin with CDNs optimized for fast delivery of Live and VOD streams worldwide.


  • One tool for segmentation, on the fly packaging and encryption
  • One workflow for Live and VOD
  • Multiple output formats: HDS, HLS, MSS, MPEG-DASH, HbbTV and Progressive
  • One ingest format
  • Full encryption support and DRM (Playready, Widevine, Adobe Access, AES, FairPlay, Marlin and CENC)
  • Support for advanced audio features like DTS Express or Dolby Digital Plus
  • Easy integration in your workflow
  • Restart TV, time-shift and catchup-TV delivery
  • Go global and stream with leading CDNs including StreamZilla, Akamai, Limelight, Level 3 and Amazon Cloud Front


Unified Origin runs on an annual license per webserver. DRM is available as a licensed add-on. Flexible deployments require flexible licensing, so please contact us if you would like a quote tailored to your needs or any other information.


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