Halo 2 also features improved content protection for multiscreen services. An optional embedded origin server can facilitate adaptive bitrate service delivery for Apple HTTP Live Streaming and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. It supports multiple DRM systems simultaneously, including Microsoft's Playready and AES-based encryption for Apple HTTP Live Streaming. The new release has pre-qualified specific interfaces for Verimatrix, Nagravision, Microsoft and Securemedia.
A new hardware platform is available in standard and advanced configurations, tailored to specific processing and throughput requirements, and supports Gigabit Ethernet or 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and the potential for storage expansion. It also doubles density over the previous generation.