Google is dropping the Widevine CDM for Chrome and Chromium-based browsers


If you stream Disney Plus, Netflix, and others in Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser, you need to make sure your browser is updated.

If you watch DRM-compliant content online through a browser such as Google Chrome, Vivaldi, or any other Chromium-based browser, you will be using the Widevine DRM Content Decryption Module (CDM). Google recently contacted the companies to inform them that on December 6, the Widevine CDM will be deprecated. If you regularly consume protected content in your browser like Disney Plus, netflixand others, you need to make sure your browser is updated on December 6th.

The window of time to update to a newer version of a Chromium-based browser is quite short. Google first released the new CDM on the Chrome Canary Channel on September 29, 2022. Chrome 107 will include the new CDM for the first time, but all other Chromium-based browsers won’t receive the new CDM until November 15. Then, on December 6, older versions of CDM will no longer work. Although you should keep your browser up to date for security reasons, that’s a pretty quick turnaround.

Google said those using native Android and iOS apps, Tizen TVs and other devices need not worry – this change will only affect desktop browsers. Most browsers obviously support automatic updates, but for those who don’t have this feature enabled (or are avoiding updating for a different reason), you’ll need to find a new way to get your Favorite DRM protected content if you still refuse to update.

In other words, the easiest solution is to simply update your browser. You don’t have to do anything else, and if you’ve upgraded, you’ll be able to continue streaming content on all your favorite platforms as usual. Nevertheless, keep an eye out for this update to avoid any nasty surprises. It is unclear whether native applications will be need an update in the future.

Thanks Mishaal Rahman for the tip!

Source: bitmovin


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