Despite DRM Opposition, Chrome for Android to Get Google's Widevine

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Despite DRM opposition, Chrome for Android to get Google's Widevine | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

    by Stephen Shankland - August 20, 2013

    In a move that paves the way for watching Web-based Netflix videos on an Android device, Google is adding its Widevine digital rights management software to its Chrome browser for Android.

    Google engineers on Monday announced their intention to build the DRM feature into Chrome for Android on a mailing list for Blink, the browser engine at the heart of Chrome and its open-source foundation, Chromium. Google acquired Widevine in 2010; Netflix and Blockbuster use the technology for barring unauthorized copying and optimizing online streaming.

    DRM in the browser has been a touchy subject. Ian Hickson, for years a central figure in HTML standardization, doesn't like the idea, and nor does the Free Software Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, and other groups. Google and Microsoft pushed on anyway and helped to create a standard called Encrypted Media Extensions that doesn't specify how the DRM works but does say how the browser can hand off decryption to another software module.
  2. jonw747

    jonw747 Well-Known Member

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    Gotta love the two-prong approach "DRM is evil" and "the proposed approach would be too easily hacked".

    Whatever. The key here is to make the content providers happy so we can view their video on our devices without having to install a plug-in.

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