A GitHub user has posted code to various repositories that allows anyone to download video content from various popular streaming platforms, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney +.
The repositories, created by the user Widevinedump, are free to download and use, but are limited as some options, in particular the CDM (content decryption module) seems to be missing from most repositories, limiting The use of these scripts as the downloaded content remains encrypted. Users are requested to send the publisher an email to enable the blocked content, against an unspecified amount of money.
The description refers to the code as leaks, suggesting that the publisher is not the developer of the code. The following services are listed as supported in the repositories:
‘NETFLIX’, ‘AMAZON’, ‘APPLETV’, ‘DISNEYPLUS’, ‘SHAHID’, ‘DCUNIVERSE’, ‘HULU’, ‘STAN’, ‘RAKUTEN’, ‘GOOGLE’, ‘FANDANGONOW’, ‘PEACOCKTV’, ‘HBOMAX ‘,’ OSN ‘
Many online streaming services use Google’s Widevine DRM technology to protect content against downloading. The technology supports different tiers, which streaming services can configure to protect broadcasts. Most browsers support Widevine, either directly or by obtaining users’ permission to enable the technology in the web browser.
The Torrentfreak blog discovered the code repositories on GitHub. According to the blog, they got confirmation that the scripts work from one source, but suggest that using them could get accounts banned or users sued by streaming companies.
Based on the information, the published scripts are quite old, and while they may still work, they may not be “the most secure.”
Most repositories lack the CDM, the content decryption module, which means that downloaded videos remain encrypted when downloaded using the scripts. Only the CDM allows video decryption and playback on compatible media players.
A free level 1 content decryption module is available from one of the repositories, but it’s probably only a matter of time before the key is revoked and replaced.
Some streaming services support downloading of content so that the media can be viewed offline. While that’s useful in some cases, it limits playback to streaming service apps. It remains to be seen whether the repositories will be available for a long time; even if they remain online, their use is likely to be gone shortly unless they are updated.
Now you: Do you use streaming services?