Hi all,

Some great and unexpected news. Firefox is adding support for the Widevine Content Decryption Module (CDM).

Firefox have announced this here https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2016/04/08/mozilla-to-test-widevine-cdm-in-firefox-nightly/

What this means for you is that in the coming months Firefox will be welcomed back into our warm embrace and once again be a fully supported browser. Right now this new code has just been added to Firefox nightly 48, we will be doing some testing over the following weeks. Firefox nightly contains the newest features and is made available for testers to use. As these new features are tested and proven stable Firefox will make these changes more broadly available.

We expect that Widevine support will be available in the official Firefox release the week of 2nd August.

In making this change Firefox have lead the way with browsers supporting more than one form of DRM. We encourage other browsers to follow suit. While views on DRM are polarized, I see this as a rare win win. As it promotes the freedoms of users to watch content how they want to, while maintaining the protection creators have over their digital creations.

There is a small coda to this story, as I alluded to in our last update we were investigating the possibility that the Widevine CDM could be used with Firefox. It turns out that we were not alone in this, a clever chap going by the handle @i-rinat on github had been wondering the same thing. @i-rinat managed to get a working proof of concept together which proved that this was possible. Another github user @nerijus submitted this to the Firefox bug tracker. Meanwhile a friend Mike Potton put me in contact with the Firefox video team, where we discussed our challenges and @i-rinat’s possible solution. While cause and effect is difficult to establish and not overly important in this case, the Widevine CDM could well have been on the Firefox roadmap. What I can say is Firefox responded to the efforts of a group of people from all over the world, who managed to collaborate to bring about a useful feature, which I think is pretty cool.

Cheers

Mark