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Widevine DRM  is a digital rights management component of the Google Chrome web browser.[1] In 2010 Widevine Technologies was acquired by Google, now Alphabet Inc.[2]


Widevine DRM is also used with the Chromium web browser and on Android.[3] It supports MPEG-DASH and Encrypted Media Extensions.[4] Over thirty chipsets, six major desktop and mobile operating systems and various hardware devices such as Chromecast are listed as supported platforms on the Widevine web site.[5] Chrome and Firefox users can disable Widevine.[6]

Among other content providers Amazon Video, Netflix and Spotify stream restricted audio and video with Widevine encryption.[7][8] In 2016 a security issue was detected by Ben-Gurion University researchers.[9]


  1. ^ "Widevine Content Decryption Module plugin". Chromium. Arch Linux. 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  2. ^ Queiroz, Mario (2010-12-03). "On demand is in demand: we've agreed to acquire Widevine". Official Google Blog. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  3. ^ Triggs, Robert (2017-12-11). "Widevine digital rights management explained". Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  4. ^ "The Complete Guide to Widevine". Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Supported Platforms". Widevine. Retrieved 2018-01-11. nearly 4 billion devices 
  6. ^ "Disable the Google Widevine CDM without uninstalling". Watch DRM content on Firefox. moz://a. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  7. ^ "Netflix Use of Google DRM Means Rooted Android Devices Are Banned". TorrentFreak. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  8. ^ Langner, Christoph (2016-05-05). "Amazon Prime Video mit Kodi und dem Raspberry Pi (jetzt mit Input Stream und Widevine)" (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  9. ^ Chirgwin, Richard (2016-06-28). "Google's Widevine DRM doesn't quite manage". Security. The Register. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 

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