If you’re someone who likes to view Netflix and Hulu content within your web browser on your computer, you may come across an error about Widevine. Widevine is a digital rights management (DRM) technology owned by Google and is needed in order to play a lot of the content on these platforms. Widevine comes in the form of a small extension within Brave Browser, however you may need to manually enable it to get it working.
Widevine Brave Browser Error
You will quickly know you have the Widevine error in Brave when trying to view content from Netflix or Hulu. The error from Netflix will look as follows;
Pardon the interruption.
We're having trouble playing Netflix. Please visit chrome://components, find "Widevine Content Decryption Module" and click the "Check for update" button.
Error code M7701-1003
The error can be a little confusing as it mentions Chrome, while we are clearly using Brave. This is because Brave is based off the open source version of Chrome called Chromium. We can still fix the error however.
Head to the Settings
We need to head into our extension settings. You can do this by typing brave://settings/extensions into the URL bar, or by heading to the hamburger settings menu in the top right, and then selecting “Extensions”.
From here, scroll down to the entry dedicated to Widevine. We need to ensure the settings “Ask when a site wants to install Widevine on your computer” is enabled.
Now head back to Brave Browser where your Netflix or Hulu video is playing and refresh the page. You should have a notification pop up asking you to install the Widevine extension, such as below.
If you want to run Widevine just this once, hit Allow. Otherwise, to not have the error appear again, tick the box “Don’t ask again” and then Allow.
Your video should now play as it should!