[UPDATE] Control who can watch your videos thanks to restriction rules

[UPDATE] Control who can watch your videos thanks to restriction rules

Cedric Montet No comment Apr 21, 2016 6:30:00 PM Product information Libcast news Lire en français

In a digital world where leaks can occur quickly, it is understandable that our users ask for the best protection for their audiovisual content. 
We offer the possibility to protect videos with a username and a password. But is is also possible to secure the publication of the content thanks to IP filtering or geofiltering. Then, our users can decide on which domain names can their videos be watched.

From now on, our users can control these firewalls independently going to the "Firewalls" tab in the portal edition (accessible from the dashboard).

Discover how and when to use these restrictions for your audiovisual content. 

IP Filtering:

The IP filtering enables to limit the delivery of your content to devices (computers, smartphones, tablets) connected to an IT network (based on its IP address). If someone tries to access your video from another IP address, he/she will see an error message. 

When to use IP filtering? 

  • In your internal communication: 

    Example: a company needs to regularly train people on internal or private subjects: it can authorize the access to these videos only on devices connected to the company IP address.
    When the employee will connect from a device with a different IP address (from home, from a personal smartphone etc.), this videos will not be accessible. 
  • In the education sector:

    Example : teachers can use video as their course resources (languages, theatre etc.).
    However, recording students in class requires several authorizations especially when they are minors. 
    The school can allow the access to the videos only to devices with the same IP address to be sure the content will not be reused or watched anywhere else than during classes.

    Learn more: Good practices to record your students and classes legally


Geo-filtering enables to restrict the access to users present in defined countries. The reason why this content is not available in all the countries is generally due to rights obtained for a defined area. 
The content will be correctly displayed on the authorized countries and an error will appear on the player from anywhere else. 

When to use geo-filtering? 

  • In the media: 

    Example : TV channels buy broadcasting rights for a TV show, a movie etc. for a determined geographical area. Their broadcasting is controled. In that context, some TV shows or movies are only accessible from one or several countries ( which means it allows all the IP addresses from this/these area(s)). 

  • In an internal project:

    Example : A Non Governmental Organization (NGO) proposes online videos to the volunteers. In these ones, it is explained what are the laws regulating some medicines and how to use them.
    Laws being different from an area to another one, it is important to limit its diffusion to the right areas to avoid any health concerns.

Restriction by domain name (strict referer): 

In order to avoid your content to be published anywhere on Internet, you can decide to exclusively authorize your videos to be played on your domain name. If they are embedded on another domain name, it will display an error message.


When to use restriction by domain name? 

  • In an internal training:

    Example: In a company, some training videos reveal production secrets or sensitive data but essential to the training of new collaborators. It is possible to ensure these ones to be only viewed on the company intranet: to do so, fill the authorized referers in Libcast with the website URL(s).  
  • In an e-business context:

    Example: A website sells videos. After buying one, the user can access and watch it. However, the company is afraid the user could embed the video on another website. To avoid this, the company can define the its website as the only website where the videos can be watched. 
  • In an eLearning context:

    Example: A paid eLearning platform proposed exclusive MOOCs. When a learner register to the course, the platform wants to be sure the videos will be watched on its platform and not shared on any other website. It is possible to keep the control on the paid content by authorizing only the platform to display the video correctly. 

IP filtering and strict referer were options already available on our platform but required our team intervention. From now on, you can control on your own all these restrictions.

This function is available for our users who subscribed to our Standard, Premium or Business plans. To access it, go to your portal edition in your dashboard and read our support page

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