Firefox 38 Now Lets You Watch Netflix Videos Without a Plugin
The latest update for Firefox lets users watch HTML 5 videos on streaming sites such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer without having to download plug-ins.
The company that was previously against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology has been forced to bring their principles down a notch. Firefox 38 now offers two versions; one that has DRM and other that does not (for anti-DRM users).
The update is available for Android and PC (Windows, OS X, Linux) with Content Decryption Module (CDM) by Adobe Primetime and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) implemented. Windows-based computers with Vista or above will support the update.
Mitchell Baker wrote in her blog that Firefox is only supporting the plug-in free version of browser because people want it and if they fail to provide what people want, they will soon move to another device.
We face a choice between a feature our users want and the degree to which that feature can be built to embody user control and privacy. People want to watch video, including movies and TV shows Browsers must provide the ability to watch video or the browser becomes less and less the tool users need.
Another feature included in the update is the new preference tab and ESR (Extended Support Release) to manage client’s desktop, which is yet to release, but the company is already setting a base for it.
The latest Firefox browser has also fixed some bugs along with notable additions to the browser including Ruby annotation support and new UI design that comprises of new layouts, a new welcome screen and reading list.
Existing Firefox users’ browsers will automatically update but if you are a non user then you can download the DRM version from here.