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Authenticating users with windows media service

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I have a windows media service that i use to stream video and audio content to a client browser (embedded windows media player). I want to do this in a way that the media content cannot be reached unless the client  is logged in. Is there a way to stop a user from getting the URL to the atx or wma/wmv file? is there a way i can do this by checking sessions? The media server stops media from being cached...so im only concerned that the user can download the content or get to it directly by its URL....which can be obtained if you right click on the media player and goto properties. Thanks
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by:seanpowell
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Part of the problem is the internet is abundant with software that allow people to capture password-protected streams, which is unfortunate.

Although there may be other not-so-foolproof methods, your best bet is to use good quality software for this.

VideoQuota
http://www.flicks.com/videoquota/

The only other option (that I'm aware of) is to stream the content through adodb and password protect with asp, but that defeats the whole purpose of having a media server...
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by:rughanim
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thats what i thought....thanks for your reply...ill have a look at the link you recommended
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by:rughanim
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I decided to use flash communication server instead. It works well as you can use remote services to connect to your web application through the flash communication server. I created a server side control that encapsulates the flash to avoid writing file paths etc. It seems to work well.
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by:Venabili
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So can you do something with the question? Request PAQ? Or award the expert if the idea had helped. Thanks

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Ok I don't think the question was really answered so request PAQ?
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