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Re: EME and proprietary plug-ins

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:31:00 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLZQVtj50UzRLZVKy_yHX7TedJjV98=iOdFv4Lqf+WFoUg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>
Cc: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>, Andreas Kuckartz <A.Kuckartz@ping.de>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Fred Andrews <fredandw@live.com>, Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>, public-html-admin@w3.org
On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 6:58 AM, Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com> wrote:

> I was responding to the thread of reasoning I thought I heard you making
> that said "EME would make the playing field less level than it already can
> be (and is) with Flash/SL."  I don't believe that to be true, other than
> browsers that don't support EME.
>

Apart from licensing, there is the technical issue that Henri raised which
has been ignored so far in this thread: there is a publicly defined API,
NPAPI, through which any browser can integrate Flash and Silverlight. There
is no such thing currently proposed for EME CDMs, so for that reason alone,
NPAPI plugins provide a more level playing field across browsers than EME
proposes to.

Rob
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