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Re: Encrypted Media proposal (was RE: ISSUE-179: av_param - Chairs Solicit Alternate Proposals or Counter-Proposals)

From: Vickers, Mark <Mark_Vickers@cable.comcast.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:32:32 +0000
To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <931C03E4-F474-4947-A2C2-F79A5922FB25@cable.comcast.com>
Comcast strongly supports this initiative. We want to continue to deliver premium content to web browsers, but we'd rather use the HTML5 video element than object element plug-ins, like today. We would like to participate in the spec writing effort. We consider the proposed spec to be a starting point and the technical team needs to consider many issues, including the critical support for free, open-source browsers.

We think the ultimate solution would be a completely open-standards based approach for content protection that would be as public and easy to support as TLS. This proposal goes a long way towards that by moving most of the functionality of today's object element video plug-ins (application model, graphics, animation, rights management, etc.) to application code and standard HTML5 APIs leaving only a tightly-bound key-handling role for external code. This is a big step in the right direction. We like that the spec includes an initial standard Clear Key definition, which paves the way for a future full-function standard key system.

Just like SSL was a vital step in enabling commerce and communications through your web browser, we believe that open but secure content and application models will enable the web to reclaim territory that it has lost to proprietary application enviroments in the post-PC world.

I'll also add as co-chair of the Web & TV IG, that the need to support content protection in HTML5 has been a high priority issue for the IG since the first Web & TV Workshops.

Received on Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:48:09 UTC

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