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Widevine DRM  is a digital rights management component of the Google Chrome web browser and Android MediaDRM.[1] Widevine is a leading encryption scheme for securely licensing distributing, and protecting playback on video on any consumer device. Content creators, MSOs, and other enterprise media companies can use Widevine to ensure the monetization of content across every device. Google purchased Widevine in 2010 in an attempt to deepen their support for media and entertainment enterprises, speed up the YouTube video streams, and to assist with Android and adaptive streaming.[2] Widevine does not charge any product fees for use with either license generation or device integrations. [3]


Widevine DRM is also used with the Chromium web browser and on Android.[4] It supports MPEG-DASH and HLS across a wide range of platforms. [5] Chrome browser and ChromeOS make use of Encrypted Media Extensions and Media Source Extensions with Widevine.[6] Over thirty chipsets, six major desktop and mobile operating systems, Google properties such as Chromecast and Android TV all have adopted Widevine.[7]

Many companies use Widevine, including Amazon Video, BBC, Hulu, Netflix and Spotify who secure premium content using Widevine DRM.[8][9][10][11]

Open source[edit]

The Widevine team supports several open-source initiatives designed for content owners, providers, and integrators.

  • Shaka Player – Widevine developed open-source HTML5 web-based player available on github
  • Shaka Packager – Widevine developed open-source content packaging solution available on github. The packager supports MPEG-DASH and HLS for VOD or linear based content.
  • Electron Framework – Widevine partnered with castLabs to integrate the Widevine client into the Electron framework for use with desktop application development.

Certification program[edit]

In 2011 Widevine launched the Certified Widevine Implementation Partner (CWIP). According to their website the program is "designed to allow highly qualified individuals and companies the ability to confidently and successfully install and configure Widevine systems for their clients.[12]" The goals of the program are:

  • Teach CWIP candidates how to install, configure and troubleshoot the Widevine system
  • Ensure a high level of satisfaction for both the System Integrator and their end customers
  • Maintain a high level of Widevine system knowledge within the CWIP community
  • Maintain a high level of content owner trust in the Widevine system and Widevine’s CWIPs

To date Widevine has certified over 150 companies. [13]


  1. ^ "Widevine Content Decryption Module plugin". Chromium. Arch Linux. 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  2. ^ "Widevine Media Optimizer | Encoding.com". Encoding.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  3. ^ "Widevine digital rights management explained". Android Authority. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  4. ^ Triggs, Robert (2017-12-11). "Widevine digital rights management explained". androidauthority.com. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  5. ^ Semba, Taku (2018-05-31). "HLS with Widevine for Android". Taku Semba. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  6. ^ "The Complete Guide to Widevine". encoding.com. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  7. ^ "Supported Platforms". Widevine. Retrieved 2018-01-11. nearly 4 billion devices
  8. ^ "Netflix uses Widevine over other DRM solutions". TorrentFreak. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  9. ^ Langner, Christoph (2016-05-05). "Amazon Prime Video mit Kodi und dem Raspberry Pi (jetzt mit Input Stream und Widevine)" (in German). linuxundich.de. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  10. ^ "Which kind of DRM system do Netflix, Comcast, and Hulu+ use? - Quora". www.quora.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  11. ^ "BBC deploys BuyDRM to secure premium digital content". Digital TV News. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  12. ^ "Widevine Technologies - CWIP Program - Overview". www.widevine.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  13. ^ "CWIP Program - Widevine Technologies". www.widevine.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.

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