When we would like to report that DRM content can already be played on ARM, what we have to do is communicate that it no longer works in 32-bit

Widevine does not work on 32-bit Linux

A little less than two years ago I bought a Raspberry Pi 4. I did it to test and use it as a multimedia box, among other things. Raspbian, now Raspberry Pi OS, I never liked it so I have an SD card with Manjaro ARM. It is the desktop system that works best for me, but there is something I cannot do properly: Widevine it is not officially supported so I have to use a Chromium container that does not offer the best video / audio quality. I wait patiently and look for information from time to time to see if Google has hit the button, and has hit it, but not the one I expected.

I just read an article that explains it: DRM content has stopped working on 32-bit Linux operating systems. What all compatible browsers use is the aforementioned Widevine, from Google, and it is the company famous for its search engine who decides who and where the software can be used. Since May 31, now more than a month ago, it can no longer be used on 32-bit Linux, and neither I nor the original source have been able to check if it works on Windows with the same architecture.

Widevine allows us to play DRM content, but not on x86 or aarch64

What content uses DRM? To watch YouTube or Pluto.tv we do not need it. Both services are ad-supported, so they are like free-to-air TV and the content is not protected. What Netflix, Spotify or Amazon Prime Video offers is, for example, and those are the services that will no longer be playable on 32-bit computers if no one does anything to remedy it.

As someone who no longer has anything 32-bit, I just want to think that Google is looking forward, and that we will soon see how it hits another button, to be specific, the one that allows Widevine to work without gimmicks on desktop systems. ARM. But the truth is that there are still many who continue with a 32-bit computer and they are the ones who, with good reason, are not thinking anything nice about Google right now.


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