Being an open source browser, Firefox had been opposing the EME (Encrypted Media Extensions) web standard. Now the non-profit organization has bowed down and decided halfheartedly to build the EME web standard to its Firefox browser. Encrypted Media Extensions has been regulated with the World Wide Web Consortium and is now in the draft shape.
Firefox users were not allowed to access and watch the videos from sites like Netflix, as it was only possible with the EME. For this purpose, Mozilla has got exclusive Adobe software so users can watch videos over the web. Mozilla says, they are allowing EME as its use has been growing and they don’t want users to try other browsers for watching videos.
Adobe, on the other hand, is trying hard to save its flash plugin over the web, as the introduction and popularity of HTML5 have endangered the survival of this plugin. Years ago, it had been denied by Steve Jobs to be used within Apple products.
EME technology allows a browser execute Digital Rights Management (DRM) tasks. Content Decryption Module (CDM) is the one to handle the encryptions rather than the EME itself. The reason why Mozilla has always been criticizing DRM is due to node locking, which limits the content like audio and video to a single device.
Though Mozilla is not a big fan of EME, it has now brought it to its web browsing software. Mozilla has taken this decision to retain its users. Undoubtedly, Mozilla Firefox was the most rapidly growing internet browser until it announced the incorporation of EME standard. It is to be seen if the organization will be able to sustain its users after this controversial decision.