The Support for Higher Level DRM Is Now a Must for All Smartphone Vendors
Xiaomi’s Poco F1 sold out in less than 5 minutes during its first sale in India, thanks to its incredible specifications at a price of just USD$300. However, the Poco F1 only supports Google’s Level 3 Widevine DRM, which means users are not able to stream High-Definition (HD) content on video services like Netflix, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Prime Video. Instead, these services rely on Level 1 Widevine DRM for content protection, a higher tier security level commonly supported by most flagship Android mobile devices. Poco F1’s inability to support HD content from these streaming services led to mixed feedbacks and might hurt its future sales. With India’s burgeoning Over-the-Top (OTT) market due to cheaper data plans and mobile devices, Poco F1 could face an increasing disadvantage in the era of video consumption via digital media.
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