The player below is a working demo of our Amazon S3 and CloudFront HLS Encrypted Streaming Video Player. In this demo, it is configured to securely play an Encrypted Streaming Video.
That means, there’s no longer a .mp4 file. Instead, it’s now a .m3u8 file (aka “Playlist”) that has been chopped up into a number of smaller chunks – aka “segments” – basically multiple, partial pieces of the video, which have the .ts file extension.
On top of that, the stream has been encrypted using industrial-strength AES 128-bit Encryption. Which means, even if someone, somehow manages to download the video segments, and tries to manually put them together, or uses some slick video downloading software like Internet Download Manager (IDM) or a browser extension like VideoDownloader, they won’t be able to play the video.
That’s how strong the video encryption of S3MediaVault is.
S3MediaVault quietly and seamlessly takes care of all the technology, so you don’t need to do anything manually, or even know how it’s all working on the back-end. Just click a few buttons and you’re ready to start streaming.
And with streaming video, the video is never actually “downloaded” to your computer (like a regular, progressive download video would be downloaded). That means, even if you did a view-source and downloaded the .m3u8 file (in the first few minutes that it is still intentionally kept active for this demo), you still can’t play that file because that’s not the actual video – that’s just the playlist, and is actually a text file.
There’s no single video file any more. The stream is made up of a bunch of different .m3u8 & .ts files.
That’s why we call it “impossible to download“.