Watermarking-supported media formats

Watermarking is supported for use with various media formats and distribution methods.

Both live and on-demand media formats are supported

To work with watermarking, a media format must offer a basic mechanism for converting a request into a logical segment number. Put simply, AMD needs to map a watermarking pattern to the series of segments being requested.

  • On demand content is supported. On demand content is packaged as a sequence of segments or fragments, and the sequence number is explicitly provided.

  • Live content is supported in a limited manner. This is more complex with live media. So, watermarking is supported in a limited way with a specific watermarking vendor.


Media Services Live is not supported for use with watermarking.

Supported formats

The following media formats are supported for use with watermarking:

  • Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Both segmented and fragmented forms of HLS are supported. With HLS, ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč needs to deliver HLS manifest files, too. See Key considerations with watermarking for details.

  • Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH). Segmented format DASH is supported.
    All formats have various requirements of the encoder or the third-party watermarking vendor or both.