Adding FairPlay protection to your Apple TV Apps

In this topic, you will learn how to add FairPlay content protection to your Apple TV apps that use the Brightcove Native SDK for tvOS.


The Native SDK for tvOS supports Digital rights management (DRM) protection using HLS with FairPlay Streaming. When your account is DRM-enabled and configured for Dynamic Delivery, your videos will automatically be packaged for DRM when you ingest them.

Because support for FairPlay-protected videos is integrated into the core framework of the Brightcove Native SDK, you won't need to load an application certificate. For details, see the Content Security (DRM) with the Native Player SDKs document.

Code sample

To add FairPlay content protection to your Apple TV app, follow these steps:

  1. Start with the Basic Apple TV sample app.
  2. Add FairPlay license code to your app. This can be found in the Basic FairPlay sample.

Your code for the ViewController.swift file should look similar to this:

//  ViewController.swift
//  Fairplay-Video-Playback
//  Copyright © 2019 Brightcove. All rights reserved.

import UIKit
import BrightcovePlayerSDK

// This example is for content using Dynamic Delivery. Because of this, you do NOT need to specify your FairPlay Application ID or the FairPlay Publisher ID.
fileprivate struct playbackConfig {
    static let policyKey = "your policy key"
    static let accountID = "your account ID"
    static let videoID = "your video ID"

class ViewController: UIViewController {
    @IBOutlet weak var videoContainerView: UIView!

    var playbackController: BCOVPlaybackController = BCOVPlayerSDKManager.shared().createPlaybackController()
    var fairPlayAuthProxy: BCOVFPSBrightcoveAuthProxy?

    lazy var playerView: BCOVTVPlayerView? = {
        // Set ourself as the presenting view controller
        // so that tab bar panels can present other view controllers
        let options = BCOVTVPlayerViewOptions()
        options.presentingViewController = self

        // Create and add to the video container view
        guard let _playerView = BCOVTVPlayerView(options: options) else {
            return nil

        // Link the playback controller to the Player View
        _playerView.playbackController = playbackController


        _playerView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false
            _playerView.topAnchor.constraint(equalTo: videoContainerView.topAnchor),
            _playerView.rightAnchor.constraint(equalTo: videoContainerView.rightAnchor),
            _playerView.leftAnchor.constraint(equalTo: videoContainerView.leftAnchor),
            _playerView.bottomAnchor.constraint(equalTo: videoContainerView.bottomAnchor)

        return _playerView

    lazy var playbackService: BCOVPlaybackService = {
        return BCOVPlaybackService(accountId: playbackConfig.accountID, policyKey: playbackConfig.policyKey)

    required init?(coder aDecoder: NSCoder)
        super.init(coder: aDecoder)

    override func viewDidLoad() {
        // Do any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.

        // With Dynamic Delivery, you don't need to load
        // an application certificate. The FairPlay session will load an
        // application certificate for you if needed.
        // You can just load and play your FairPlay videos.

        // With Dynamic Delivery, you can pass nil for the publisherId and applicationId
        self.fairPlayAuthProxy = BCOVFPSBrightcoveAuthProxy(publisherId: nil,
                                                            applicationId: nil)

        let sdkManager = BCOVPlayerSDKManager.sharedManager()

        // Create chain of session providers
        let psp = sdkManager?.createBasicSessionProvider(with:nil)
        let fps = sdkManager?.createFairPlaySessionProvider(withApplicationCertificate:nil,


        // Create the playback controller
        playbackController = (sdkManager?.createPlaybackController(with:fps, viewStrategy:nil))!
        // Configure the playback controller
        playbackController.isAutoAdvance = false
        playbackController.isAutoPlay = true
        playbackController.delegate = self

        // Link the playback controller to the Player View
        playerView?.playbackController = playbackController


    private func createSampleTabBarItemView() {

        guard let playerView = playerView, var topTabBarItemViews = playerView.settingsView.topTabBarItemViews else {

        let sampleTabBarItemView = SampleTabBarItemView(size: CGSize.init(width: 620, height: 200), playerView: playerView)

        // Insert our new tab bar item view at the end of the top tab bar
        playerView.settingsView.topTabBarItemViews = topTabBarItemViews

    private func requestContentFromPlaybackService() {
        playbackService.findVideo(withConfiguration: configuration, queryParameters: nil, completion: { [weak self] (video: BCOVVideo?, jsonResponse: [AnyHashable: Any]?, error: Error?) -> Void in

            if let _video = video {
                //  since "isAutoPlay" is true, setVideos will begin playing the content
                self?.playbackController.setVideos([_video] as NSArray)
            } else {
                print("ViewController Debug - Error retrieving video: \(error?.localizedDescription ?? "unknown error")")


// MARK: - UIFocusEnvironment overrides
extension ViewController {

    // Focus Environment override for tvOS 9
    override var preferredFocusedView: UIView? {
        return playerView

    // Focus Environment override for tvOS 10+
    override var preferredFocusEnvironments: [UIFocusEnvironment] {
        return (playerView != nil ? [ playerView! ] : [])


// MARK: - BCOVPlaybackControllerDelegate
extension ViewController: BCOVPlaybackControllerDelegate {

    func playbackController(_ controller: BCOVPlaybackController!, didAdvanceTo session: BCOVPlaybackSession!) {
        NSLog("ViewController Debug - Advanced to new session.")

    func playbackController(_ controller: BCOVPlaybackController!, playbackSession session: BCOVPlaybackSession!, didReceive lifecycleEvent: BCOVPlaybackSessionLifecycleEvent!) {
        NSLog("Event: %@", lifecycleEvent.eventType)