In case you hadn't heard (as I did), the Raspberry Pi already officially supports DRM content ... and it just broke

Raspberry Pi OS, Widevine seen and unseen

Long time, play protected content on a Raspberry Pi it was anything but simple. I got it and shared it in two different ways, one in which you had to download the Chrome OS software and other through a container that, well, we'll just say that it works (ba). Neither method was official nor was it close to being official, as it is now (Actualizado: it is not official, but experimental, but it is carried by the official team). The problem is that recently it has not been going well.

And it is that Raspberry Pi OS is a bland system that at least I do not like as much as Manjaro ARM, but it is the official one. After a while I have gone back to looking for information about the DRM content on the famous raspberry plate and I have found the news that it has been available for a long time. And the best, in the official repositories of the operating system. But the downside is that, just between yesterday and today, users have started to experience glitches.

Play DRM content on Raspberry Pi OS… when they fix it

Originally, this article was going to be about everything being rosy and happy, that we could already play Netflix, Spotify or Amazon Prime Video on the Raspberry Pi, but trying it myself I have seen, first, that it does not work, and second, which is recent, hours in some cases. Turns out that Google just updated Widevine and has left the package "hanging" that the simple board works. But the option exists, and it is expected that in days everything will return to normal. Therefore, I leave the instructions to enable support for a future that we hope is short term.

First of all, it is said that worth doing in a clean install, at least if we've already been fiddling with the options that worked in the past. The package, libwidevinecdm0, is available from the official repositories, and in theory it should work on older versions of the simple board, but the performance is not the best of all if you don't use one of the newer ones.

Thus, achieving compatibility in Chromium, the browser that is installed by default in the official operating system, is as simple as updating the repositories, the operating system and installing the package with these three commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt install libwidevinecdm0

Waiting for the patch

As this time we have not done anything strange, the only thing that remains after the installation of the package is restart browser, almost as simple as checking the box to enable DRM support in Firefox.

For me, a slight overclock And getting a couple of things to work that I needed has changed everything, and I tell you with complete sincerity that I have returned to the official Pi system. Let's cross our fingers and hopefully they fix support for Widevine soon.


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