We didn't have to wait long: the patch to play protected content (DRM) on the Raspberry Pi has arrived

DRM on the Raspberry Pi

On August 31, Google updated Widevine and left some users "hanging", such as those of us who have a Raspberry Pi with the official operating system. It did not seem to paint very well, since the OSMC developers claimed that they might not have a solution until late 2021-early 2022, but today an update has jumped that has returned things to normal, or to normal that began in March of this year.

Raspberry Pi OS engineers already said that the patch was available in the version of their operating system under test that is based on Debian 11, and that it would be available early next week. available from Buster. There was no need to wait that long. Today Wednesday, several days before promised, we can already reproduce the content of services such as Spotify or Amazon Prime (both in the header capture).

The DRM on the Raspberry Pi is not 100% official

This Monday Speak in two ways (via official forum) to regain the ability to play protected content on the Raspberry Pi and warned that Neither updating to Debian 11 nor doing a kind of "backport" on our own were official methods. What has arrived today is not either; the developers of the operating system of the raspberry board have done the work that we did to be able to reproduce this type of content, but better and facilitating an easier installation.

Widevine update

For those who have not enabled support and want to do so, just open a terminal and type these commands:

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

For the changes to take effect, the last step will be to restart the operating system.

Now we only have to hope that Google does not make changes in the short term, but my crystal ball tells me that this time we have Widevine for a while.


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