Update on HTML5 Premium Video Playback with Adobe Encrypted Media Extensions Support in Firefox

The Adobe Primetime Content Decryption Module (CDM) went live today in Firefox 43 for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. This extension provides support for the Encrypted Media and Media Source extensions available in HTML5 – allowing premium video to be played back without requiring the Flash plugin.

Enabling HTML5 premium video playback is the product of a close collaboration with Mozilla and Netflix over the last 18 months. We will continue to work with Mozilla to provide equivalent support for additional platforms (e.g. Mac and Linux) over the coming months. Our first major customer leveraging this capability is Netflix, and we expect more in the coming months as video providers continue to deliver immersive viewing experiences via HTML5. We are excited to bring the Adobe Primetime CDM to Firefox, as well as other platforms in the future.

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About Joe Steele

Joe Steele is a Senior Computer Scientist working in the Adobe Primetime team on Digital Rights Management. He is an Adobe Distinguished Inventor and currently has eleven patents granted by the USPTO. He has represented Adobe to the W3C for various standards, most recently the HTML5 Encrypted Media Extensions. His previous work at Adobe includes authentication research in the Adobe Labs and developing digital signature and encryption technology for Adobe Acrobat. Prior to Adobe, Joe worked on software and hardware in various industries including healthcare, pre-press, and chemical data acquisition and analysis. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Applied Math. In his spare time he plays around with various software projects and is a mentor for his local Coder Dojo.

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