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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