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Purchased content on Youtube doesn't allow HD playback in Chrome/Firefox on Linux Mint

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#1

Hello,

Trying to figure out an issue with some youtube video playback.

Issue: Playback is limited to SD (up to 480p) and doesn’t allow HD content to play, option is missing from settings in the youtube player.

My Investigation: The youtube stats (see below) report that 1080p output is restricted. It seems to also impact Firefox.

My speculation: I feel that it’s possible DRM is to blame here, maybe something on the backend isn’t supportive? Other content plays just fine in 1080p/4k.

My Question for you: Do you have issues playing back HD content in your browser? If you do, let me know!


Stats for Nerds:
Google Chrome Version: Version 71.0.3578.98 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Output of etc/os-release (fresh install)
NAME=“Linux Mint”
VERSION=“19.1 (Tessa)”
ID=linuxmint
ID_LIKE=ubuntu
PRETTY_NAME=“Linux Mint 19.1”
VERSION_ID=“19.1”

Running: 4.15.0-43-generic

Youtube Player Debug: {
[removing all the boring unimportant shit]
“drm”: {
“systemInfo”: {
“flavor”: “widevine”,
“keySystem”: “com.widevine.alpha”
},
“sessions”: [
{
“requestedKeyIds”: [
“7d8xF1b7Vd6ucG7P7Qy__w”
],
“cryptoPeriodIndex”: null,
“keyStatuses”: {
“Az6QWENrWkG–8PyVc45Vg”: {
“type”: “HD”,
"status": "output-restricted"
},
[removing the remaining boring unimportant shit]

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#2

Ironically, Google doesn’t come up with anything showing this issue, I’ve also tried other distros and haven’t had luck either.

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#3

No clue honestly, but if they are restricting it due to the OS then you could try one of those user agent switcher add-ons that lets you choose which OS and browser YouTube sees you as using. I remember that was needed to use Netflix before they started to support Linux.

Do any regular free videos play for you in HD? I’m on 1366x768 so I can’t do any useful testing.

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#4

Yep, you are getting shafted by DRM, widevine is a DRM solution.

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#5

This has been reported as a bug internally.

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#6

Good to know! Thanks for the follow up.

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