Watch DRM content on Firefox

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is technology that enables online video and audio services to enforce that the content they provide is used in accordance with their requirements. This technology may restrict some of the things you can do in the browser. While some DRM-controlled content can be viewed using the Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight plugin, many services are moving towards HTML5 video that requires a different DRM mechanism called a Content Decryption Module (CDM).

Playing DRM-controlled content in Firefox

In Firefox version 51 and below, Firefox on Windows supports HTML5 playback of DRM-controlled video and audio content through the Adobe Primetime CDM. This CDM implements a DRM system called Adobe Primetime, which was previously available via the Adobe Flash plugin. In Firefox version 47 and above, Firefox for desktop also supports the Google Widevine CDM for playing DRM-controlled content.

Firefox downloads and enables the Google Widevine and Adobe Primetime CDM by default to give users a smooth experience on sites that require DRM.Firefox downloads and enables the Google Widevine CDM by default to give users a smooth experience on sites that require DRM.Firefox downloads and enables the Google Widevine CDM on demand, with user permission, to give users a smooth experience on sites that require DRM. The CDM runs in a separate container called a sandbox and you will be notified when a CDM is in use. You can also disable a CDM and opt out of future updates by following the steps below. Once you disable a CDM, however, sites using this type of DRM may not operate properly.

Some sites may use DRM that is not supported by the Google Widevine CDMGoogle Widevine and Adobe Primetime CDM. Support for viewing this content may require a third-party NPAPI plugin, such as Microsoft Silverlight.

Support will end for all NPAPI plugins except for Flash in March 2017, when Firefox version 52 is released. See this compatibility document and this article for details.

Beginning with Firefox version 52, support has ended for all NPAPI plugins except for Adobe Flash. See this compatibility document and this article for details.

Disable the Google Widevine CDM without uninstalling

Disabling Google Widevine from the Add-ons Manager prevents it from running on your computer and prevents future updates from downloading. To disable this CDM plugin:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Plugins panel.
  3. Select Never Activate on the menu next to Widevine Content Decryption Module provided by Google Inc.

You may encounter sites where content playback is not possible without Google Widevine enabled. You may always turn Google Widevine on again by selecting Always Activate on the menu next to Widevine Content Decryption Module provided by Google Inc.

Disable the Adobe Primetime CDM without uninstalling

Disabling Adobe Primetime from the Add-ons Manager prevents it from running on your computer and prevents future updates from downloading. To disable this CDM plugin:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Plugins panel.
  3. Select Never Activate on the menu next to Primetime Content Decryption Module provided by Adobe Systems, Incorporated.

You may encounter sites where content playback is not possible without Adobe Primetime enabled. You may always turn Adobe Primetime on again by selecting Always Activate on the menu next to Primetime Content Decryption Module provided by Adobe Systems, Incorporated.

Opt out of CDM playback, uninstall CDMs and stop all CDM downloads

You have the choice to globally opt out of HTML5 DRM playback. Once you opt out, Firefox will delete any downloaded CDMs from your hard drive, cease all future CDM downloads and disable DRM playback. This affects only DRM-controlled HTML5 audio and video. To opt out of HTML5 DRM playback completely, follow these steps:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Click the Content panel.
  3. Remove the check mark next to Play DRM content.
Note: You will still be able to view DRM-controlled content that requires the Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight NPAPI plugin, if installed and enabled in your version of Firefox. The Play DRM content setting only controls HTML5 DRM playback, not plugins.

You may encounter sites where content playback is not possible without DRM enabled. You may always turn DRM playback on again by opening the OptionsPreferences > Content panel and putting a check mark next to Play DRM content. After checking the checkbox, HTML5 DRM playback will be re-enabled and the Google Widevine and Adobe Primetime CDM will download automatically.

Supported platforms

Google Widevine

  • Windows Vista and higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9 and higher
  • x86 and x64 Linux

Adobe Primetime

  • Windows Vista and higher

Similar opt-out capabilities will be offered on all new platforms where Firefox supports DRM.

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