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

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:09:21 -0500
Message-ID: <4F4BFF11.2010407@mit.edu>
To: public-html@w3.org
On 2/27/12 4:55 PM, Mark Watson wrote:
> Someone launching a new browser today would need to ensure that plugins like Flash and Silverlight were supported in order to support many existing commercial video services, including Netflix. That decision is not even in their hands, since Adobe and Microsoft respectively would need to take a decision to support the new browser.

I can't speak to Silverlight, but a browser that correctly implements 
NPAPI (which is openly documented and has no legal barriers to 
implementing it, last I checked) should automatically end up with Flash 
support last I checked, on platforms where the NPAPI version of Flash is 

> With our proposal, the new browser would need instead to support one or more Content Decryption Modules.

Right; the question is what that would actually entail.

> This is a much simpler task over which the new browser developer has greater control and more options.

That's not obvious a priori.  I'd love to understand why this is the case.

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