In a move that paves the way for watching Web-based Netflix videos on an Android device, Google is adding its Widevine digital rights management software to its Chrome browser for Android.
Google engineers on Monday announced their intention to build the DRM feature into Chrome for Android on a mailing list for Blink, the browser engine at the heart of Chrome and its open-source foundation, Chromium. ; Netflix and Blockbuster use the technology for barring unauthorized copying and optimizing online streaming.
DRM in the browser has been a touchy subject. Ian Hickson, for years a central figure in HTML standardization, Encrypted Media Extensions that doesn't specify how the DRM works but does say how the browser can hand off decryption to another software module., and and other groups. Google and Microsoft pushed on anyway and helped to create a standard called
Although DRM on the Web has its detractors,that also are reviled among many browser and Web developers. Shunning DRM altogether could mean that content developers avoid the Web and rely on native applications instead.