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Video content from online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime is typically protected using various encryption schemes to prevent copying. This is known as digital rights management (DRM). In order to play DRM-encumbered content, you will need to use a browser that supports playback of DRM-controlled content. Please note that not all vendors use a a DRM encryption method that is compatible with Linux (for instance, HBO and HBO Max).

Google Chrome

Google Chrome has support for DRM-encumbered playback out-of-the-box, without the need for any additional configuration.

Download Chrome

First, you’ll need to download Google Chrome. Click the Download Chrome button:

Google Chrome Download Page

Select the 64-bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu) option, then click Accept and Install.

64-Bit Chrome

Select Open with Eddy

Open With dialog

Install Chrome

After the download is complete, Eddy will open automatically. Click on the Install button:

Chrome ready to install

When prompted, enter your password and wait for the installation to finish. When it’s complete, the Install button will say Uninstall instead:

Chrome installed

If Eddy isn’t working, re-download Chrome and choose Save File to the Downloads folder, and then run this command:

sudo apt install ~/Downloads/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Run Chrome

Press the Super Key button to open the Activities Overview, then search for Chrome:

Searching for Chrome

* You may need to log out and in for Chrome to appear in the Overview.

You can click on Chrome here to run it. For easy access, you can add Chrome to your favorites:

Adding Chrome to favorites

Chrome will be added to your favorites so that you can click on it at any time:

Chrome added to favorites

Chrome will automatically be updated through the package manager.

Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is installed by default in both Ubuntu and Pop!_OS, and can be configured to play DRM-encumbered media.

Enable DRM Playback

To enable playback of DRM content, open Firefox, then click the menu button and click on Preferences.

Under the General section, scroll down until you see Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content, and then tick the checkbox to enable playback:

Enable DRM in Firefox by ticking the checkbox

After that, playback of DRM-encumbered content should be functional.

Article last modified: 2020-08-26