That's Netflix's freedom to decide when they want to break their service in some devices.I mean with widevine extracted from a chromebook image and SW decoding, it has worked for 4 years on my pi.
Only breaking chrome images would prevent it.
And literally as long as there is a kodi build on the Pyra, it WILL work.
Here is the addon github
InputStream based Netflix plugin for Kodi. Contribute to CastagnaIT/plugin.video.netflix development by creating an account on GitHub.github.com
Seems like there is FREEDOM! There and use cases met.
Google can update their devices to use remote attestation or some equivalent to protected media path. Or it can simply say users should buy new devices to continue playing Netflix.
Neither that new Chrome image nor the Kodi in your Pyra (or in any of the ever fewer devices really under user control)
will be able to prove to Netflix servers that the software stack is under Netflix control, and Netflix server could refuse the key exchange, so you cannot play Netflix content.
I'm not stating what any company will do, I'm just saying that they have the technical means to do it. I guess they may also have some legal means too, because legislation is so broken in many places...
I guess they'll chose to do it or not based on the market.
You forecast the market will continue as in the last 4 years. I only say that past market performance does not guarantee future decisions.
The market trend is fewer devices under user control, not more, that cheapens the Netflix cost when strengthening DRM. Some similar companies are doing it.
The delay is likely due to infighting between companies on which should control user devices, and so on.
But @HelenF is right that any network service may stop working at any time. Somebody might buy Netflix to shut it down, for instance.
So maybe it makes more sense to just look at what works now.
So, just to try to sound more positive, and without intent to throw commercial publicity at you.
There are content providers without DRM you could consider instead of netflix:
- Resource collection from Defective By Design
- Resource collection from FramaLibre
- Proprietary music without DRM from Magnatune (you can get gratis CC - BY-ND-NC tracks with adverts but you're not allowed to redistribute the paid advs-free files)
- Gratis streaming and download of music (at least when you create an account or something) at Jamendo
- Libre and not so libre music chez Dogmazic
- Peertube. I don't use this, I don't know, but might be good too
Those I hope to work on the Pyra (and keep working and growing). Maybe better when there're better codecs (does the video decoding hardware require blobs?)