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Running Netflix On Linux

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the jumping-through-hoops dept.

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ndogg writes "Netflix now works on Linux... sort of. The folks at iheartubuntu have figured out a way to get Netflix to run on the Windows version of Firefox using Wine (with a number of custom patches) and Silverlight. They plan on releasing packages for it all soon. Currently, it seems they have only had success with 32-bit, while compiling for 64-bit is tricky."

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Still wondering (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002171)

Why in the world Netflix don't move to Flash?
It has DRM too. Come on guys! SilverSh*t is dead

Re:Still wondering (5, Interesting)

Bradmont (513167) | about 2 years ago | (#42002253)

Given that Netflix' CEO was (until last month) a member of the board of directors of Microsoft, and owns about $6 Million in Microsoft stock, I think he probably doesn't want Linux to become a strong desktop option...

Re:Still wondering (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002495)

Given that Netflix' CEO was (until last month) a member of the board of directors of Microsoft

Are you from the future? According to this [yahoo.com] he will be on the board until Nov. 28th.

Re:Still wondering (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002917)

Better loosen up your tin foil wig. You're a loon.

Re:Still wondering (4, Insightful)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 2 years ago | (#42003059)

Netflix works fine on the Mac, which is a bigger threat to Microsoft's desktop dominance than Linux is.

Re:Still wondering (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42003111)

Netflix works fine on the Mac, which is a bigger threat to Microsoft's desktop dominance than Linux is.

No, the Mac has nothing to do with any sort of threat to Microsoft's business model. The iPhone/iPad and the Android lineup, however, are.

Re:Still wondering (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 2 years ago | (#42003189)

Of course there are already netflix clients for those...

Re:Still wondering (2)

spidercoz (947220) | about 2 years ago | (#42002263)

flash is dead too, and about time

Flash is dead? (3, Insightful)

macbeth66 (204889) | about 2 years ago | (#42002545)

Since when? It seems that more and more crap is being shoveled out. I would have thought HTML5 would have marginalized Flash, it hasn't.

Re:Flash is dead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002741)

You can turn off/toggle flash per object. You can't yet turn off parts of html 5 that you don't like and still have sites work right.

Re:Flash is dead? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#42003011)

Flash likes to turn itself off by crashing, under load it's almost guaranteed.

Re:Flash is dead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42003079)

You can turn off/toggle flash per object. You can't yet turn off parts of html 5 that you don't like and still have sites work right.

Oh really? I must have just hallucinated that whole noscript add on, then.

Re:Flash is dead? (2)

EGSonikku (519478) | about 2 years ago | (#42002883)

I haven't had Flash installed for years now, and doesn't seem like I'm missing anything. Most video sites (including YouTube or pr0n have options for loading an HTML5 video player, or will do so if they detect an iOS device.

Fanboy sez... (1, Funny)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about 2 years ago | (#42003169)

...Steve Jobs didn't give it to me, so I must not have needed it anyways.

Re:Flash is dead? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 2 years ago | (#42003071)

It's dead on mobile. iOS never had it. Adobe made some lame attempts for Android then killed it (no longer even available on Google Play as of 3 months ago).

Re:Still wondering (1)

chucklebutte (921447) | about 2 years ago | (#42002281)

Silverlight is more secure than Flash is probably why.

Re:Still wondering (5, Informative)

advantis (622471) | about 2 years ago | (#42002325)

A while back, LoveFilm UK moved away from Flash to Silverlight citing DRM reasons. Apparently Flash DRM isn't good enough, while Silverlight DRM is. They also claimed that it was the studios that required the Silverlight DRM [lovefilm.com] , so blame Hollywood.

Re:Still wondering (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002475)

Because that's the agreement they have with the studios. It's not a conspiracy theory to keep Linux down or anything, it's quite simple.

The studios want DRM.
They will accept Silverlight DRM.
Microsoft will not port the Silverlight DRM packages to Moonlight.

Re:Still wondering (4, Interesting)

0123456 (636235) | about 2 years ago | (#42003025)

So how come it works on Android?

Re:Still wondering (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002541)

Because flash sucks even worse than silverlight.

Re:Still wondering (0)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#42003001)

Between Adobe and MS, I'd go with MS, developing for Adobe and banging your head against a wall are the same thing. Also flash has horrible security and netflix has credit card #s, location, and user info, a PR disaster waiting to happen. P.S. Another challenge for Linux going mainstream, I'd never primarily use an OS that can't run my subscription services, also I remember it being a pita to install flash on there too back in the day. Who would've thought people used computers for stuff other than CLI.

Why is compiling for 64-bit tricky? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002199)

Too many moron programmers that just KNOW "size_t is really just unsigned int"?

Umm, no it isn't.

Redundant (5, Funny)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 years ago | (#42002203)

Using
Silverlight to play
Entertainment from
Netflix?
Exciting!
Tell me more!

Re:Redundant (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42002237)

Some people would prefer not to get sued.

Re:Redundant (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 years ago | (#42003297)

You are maybe thinking of BitTorrent?

Re:Redundant (1)

spidercoz (947220) | about 2 years ago | (#42002247)

silence, fool! you will summon the wrath!

Re:Redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002437)

loool usenet

Re:Redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002717)

loool usenet

Sez the 'tard who can't think any deeper than a tweet...

Re:Redundant (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002887)

loool twitter

Let's see if Netflix moves to block this (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42002207)

Netflix can either set minimum silverlight to 5 or find another way to block it. It will be interesting to see if they do that.

Re:Let's see if Netflix moves to block this (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#42002407)

Is there a reason to block it?

Re:Let's see if Netflix moves to block this (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42002451)

Reed Hastings is on the MS board until Nov 30 and owns quite a bit of MS stock.

Also WIne might make recording this content slightly easier. I would imagine you could just record the screen in windows as well, though.

Re:Let's see if Netflix moves to block this (1)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#42002821)

Two reasons:

1) Studio heads who hear 'Linux' and think free ... hacker ... piracy.

2) The possible purchase [bizjournals.com] of Netflix by Microsoft.

Re:Let's see if Netflix moves to block this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42003207)

Not any that I can see. The instructions don't help getting around DRM or anything.

Netflix is probably just happy to see the odd Linux user as a customer.

Re:Let's see if Netflix moves to block this (2)

rwa2 (4391) | about 2 years ago | (#42003231)

Netflix can either set minimum silverlight to 5 or find another way to block it. It will be interesting to see if they do that.

Um, I just happened to try this out a few nights ago on my Linux Mint 13 laptop. I had Silverlight 4 on Firefox 14 installed under Wine1.4. The Netflix page made me download a newer version of Silverlight which didn't work.

Of course, I didn't bother with any of the wine patches, so I probably lose anyway. I was going to try Win7 under VirtualBox next to see how that performs.

Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (5, Interesting)

spidercoz (947220) | about 2 years ago | (#42002213)

Until it runs in Linux natively, I'm not reinstating my subscription. Bite me, Netflix.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (4, Funny)

KingMotley (944240) | about 2 years ago | (#42002303)

After this post, you can clearly see that netflix's stock dropped by $0.00000001 per share. GO spidercoz!

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002753)

After this post, you can clearly see that netflix's stock dropped by $0.00000001 per share. GO spidercoz!

I honestly don't give a shit what fraction of my monthly Netflix subscription is equal to in Netflix stockholder shares. I can't speak for spidercoz, but I cancelled my subscription the same day the CEO had the quote in the paper something like "...but we only increased the cost for customers equal to a large latte..."

KingMotley, I guess either you forwent your daily large latte, or you are having your latte and drinking it too.

Remind me again how that French Revolution went?

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002913)

So you're mad that the company adjusted prices based on business concerns and then was weirder out that people were making such a big deal about a price increase that's the same size as a commonly bought item that people regularly consume without protest?

I'm glad I don't know you. I imagine I'd make some comment about how the increase in time is only as much as a red light or something and you'd promptly lose your shit about simple comparisons.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (2)

danomac (1032160) | about 2 years ago | (#42002321)

I used to think that way until my old DVD player died. My replacement BD player has netflix built-in, and it doesn't require a computer attached to the TV.

Still not going to get a netflix subscription though. I don't have enough time to watch shows and movies, and I'm pretty sure my ISP will complain loudly if I watch it every day. Go Canada!

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (1)

spidercoz (947220) | about 2 years ago | (#42002457)

Good option if you have it, but optical media is dead to me.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (1)

danomac (1032160) | about 2 years ago | (#42002601)

You don't own any optical media? I thought about that for a long time - just get rid of everything I have so I don't have to store it. I replaced the player to play my old content, I have hundreds of legit physical CDs and DVDs and a couple BDs.

I didn't even know that it could do netflix until I took the new player out of the box and set it up.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002721)

Me too, my BD player was purchased as a cheap neflix box.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (1)

TheRealGrogan (1660825) | about 2 years ago | (#42003201)

The selection in Canada is terrible. I hooked up a Roku box for one of my customers who bought one, and there was not one movie or show on Netflix that they wanted to watch. (I saw a few things I could have watched, but to say I was underwhelmed is an understatement) I left them exploring some of the other (free) channels that the Roku could connect to, but I was not optimistic.

Seriously though, I wouldn't bother with Netflix when I can download most any movie or show that has ever existed and keep it forever.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002337)

The Netflix CEO will be stepping down from the Microsoft Board of Directors [yahoo.com] at the end of the month. Hopefully we'll see some native support shortly after this happens.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002429)

Perhaps the reason Netflix is using Silverlight is not because of some evil Microsoft conspiracy, but the fact that the Linux market is too small to develop and support for and Netflix can't guarantee the studio-required DRM will not be circumvented.

But yeah, it's probably a vast criminal conspiracy just to troll /.'ers. We're that important.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#42002465)

It's rather peculiar considering there's a Netflix app for Android.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002731)

Probably has less to do with both Google's ability to lock the OS down enough for hollywood to be happy, and more the fact that it's enjoying a fast-growing smartphone market share, unlike Linux desktops.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | about 2 years ago | (#42003043)

Indeed. If their Android app wasn't so poorly written we might be able to run it through an android emulator.
I would wager it doesn't work -at all- on at least 25% of the android devices on the market, and quite poorly on another 25%, particularly after their recent UI update.

I don't know what kind of slack jawed yokels they have on their android development team but seriously, WTH guys?

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (4, Informative)

i.r.id10t (595143) | about 2 years ago | (#42003097)

And if you run nmap against my Samsung TV, it reports that it is running Linux. Youtube, BBC channel, all sorts of sports stuff, Hulu plus, Netflix, etc. are all built into it.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42003317)

It's about as peculiar as supporting any platform that comprises 70-odd% of a target market would be.

Never attribute to ill will what can better be explained by lack of market share incentive.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (4, Informative)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#42002755)

No. Netflix has an incestuous relationship with Microsoft. That's why they are using Silverlight while Amazon is using Flash.

So Amazon works fine in Linux.

You want to know what's really the minority platform? Silverlight.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (1)

rwa2 (4391) | about 2 years ago | (#42003305)

No. Netflix has an incestuous relationship with Microsoft. That's why they are using Silverlight while Amazon is using Flash.

So Amazon works fine in Linux.

Yeah, this is the real answer. Drop Netflix for Amazon Prime streaming until Netflix provides a Linux client. It's cheaper per year. Sorry you lose some of the content that's only on Netflix, but it seems like they've been losing some of the good shows anyway.

When Netflix first came out, it was pretty awesome. I was working in near-realtime video transmission then, and was pretty picky about mpeg4 quantization and vertical sync artifacts. Netflix had actually done a pretty good job with handling all that.

Until they moved to Silverlight, and then all the crappy artifacts came back. I feel like it was kinda a bait-and-switch... but it makes sense since early adopters were comparing it to DVD and eventually Bluray, while later adopters were coming from crappy youtube vids.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002345)

I'm never reinstating my subscription. Bite me, Netflix.

Fixed.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 2 years ago | (#42002941)

I'm with you in spirit. I can run netflix on easily:
-android
-iphone
-ipad
-Xbox 360 if I paid the additional fees
-Wii
-Macbook
-Windows laptop
-WDTV device that crashes constantly

Things I cannot run netflix on easily:
-The ubuntu laptop that I have no use for except as a HTPC.

I'd cancel my subscription out of protest. But my wife would side with Netflix over me any day of the week.

Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (2)

Kjella (173770) | about 2 years ago | (#42003219)

This is for the people who won't use Linux because it doesn't run Netflix, not the people who won't use Netflix because it doesn't run on Linux. Netflix don't want you, don't care about supporting you and might in fact hate it because it causes problems with their content providers who demand "robust" DRM. But as usual there's hacktivists that won't take no for an answer and they'll reverse engineer, emulate, patch and prod it until it works, it's how Linux got off the ground in the first place. It certainly wasn't because everyone was handing out hardware specs and driver code, protocol definitions or anything of the sort. You'd probably get more results cheering them on than spitting bile at Netflix, corporations are almost immune to that. Bringing Netflix to Linux is good for Linux even if they are dragged kicking and screaming.

Netflix now works on linux (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002239)

Expect this bug to be addressed in a future patch

No sale (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42002241)

Why would I pay Netflix when they won't bother to support my OS? If they want my money, they can port their software to my OS, or they can package Wine with their software, and support that.

They would also have to change their policy on DRM-free content [ninapaley.com] before they get any of my money. I'm willing to pay for TV, I'm even willing to watch their ads. I'm not willing to facilitate an effort to make DRM the norm.

Re:No sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002435)

The use case for non-DRM rentals is practically non-existent. Coding a DRM-free option would be a waste of development resources.

Re:No sale (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#42002809)

The use case for non-DRM rentals is 99% of the population out there that have no technical skills to speak of. There is nothing on Netflix streaming that I can't get somewhere else.

Infact, I am far more likely to find what I am looking for in some other format that is more widely supported.

Re:No sale (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42002983)

Any decently designed crypto system should be able to drop in a null cipher as easily as any other. If it takes more than a trivial amount of work to add a DRM-free option, that's a sign of really bad design decisions on the part of their engineers. Netflix should fix that for the sake of their own platforms robustness.

Looks like it'll work as smoothly as Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002243)

Enough of half baked solutions!

Undoing moderation; please ignore this post (2, Insightful)

WillerZ (814133) | about 2 years ago | (#42002255)

n/t

Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002273)

Let me know if/when it's ever an xbmc plugin.

Until then I'll keep using XBox 360 for everything I intended to do with the (useless, waste of money) linux based media center I built.

Hell, let me know when youtube works again.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002679)

Hell, let me know when youtube works again.

Let me know when it stops working, and then I can let you know when it works again. I haven't had any trouble with it on my desktop or Linux based media center.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002713)

plugin.video.youtube works, been updated a while ago. Search xbmc forums

Odd route.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002283)

Netflix is supported by a whole lot of embedded devices. From Blue ray players to media players to TV. Without a doubt some or most of those run linux. I think it would be easier to hack out a netflix binary from one of those devices for some good wholesome unauthorized use?

Hell, there's an andriod netflix app! How hard is it to run andriod apps on desktop linux? (Emulator? Port the environment? Some sort of wrapper?)

Re:Odd route.. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42002411)

The android app uses the NDK so you would have to emulate ARM. Which would be slow. Many of the embedded device use ARM as well.

Runs in 64bit, too (1)

Dizzer (251533) | about 2 years ago | (#42002293)

You have to compile wine in a 32bit chroot. Instructions are on the wine wiki. It is pretty straightforward. But without decent hardware acceleration in Silverlight under Wine it runs like crap. I tried it, but it is so jerky (half the frame rate) that watching TV like this is no fun.

Re:Runs in 64bit, too (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42002469)

Is there a reason Silverlight can't use hardware acceleration under Wine? Video games running in Wine use the video card just fine.

Excellent streaming P0RN says traveling I.T sales (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002335)

folks - meanwhile more skilled /. readers just go straight to the source (web camera in mums room), no-slashdot readers just go straight to the source (girlfriend/wife)... blackhats go were they want ;)

I installed Ubuntu to have a "work machine"... (2)

InvisibleClergy (1430277) | about 2 years ago | (#42002371)

...and then this happens. This is worse than when I got WoW working in WINE.

No Worries (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002415)

Moonlight will catch up to Silverlight "any day now" (tm) giving you a rich native Netflix experience on Linux. Just be patient, my friends.

Re:No Worries (1)

sageres (561626) | about 2 years ago | (#42002729)

that can't happened because de Icaza said we can't have DRM.

Re:No Worries (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | about 2 years ago | (#42003131)

You can't have DRM because MS patented the form of DRM that Silverlight uses. Which is presumably at least one of the reasons why de Icaza says he won't allow it to be implemented.

Meh. (1)

bmo (77928) | about 2 years ago | (#42002461)

The only way to reliably play Silverlight stuff is to install the most trimmed back XP you can get (WinFLP for me) and install IE8.

And you know what?

I never watch Silverlight stuff anyway even with the ability to do so.

--
BMO

Another answer (1)

Urban Garlic (447282) | about 2 years ago | (#42002467)

It actually sort of already works in "Linux", since there's a working Netflix app for Android.

I've never done it, but presumably this means that you can run it on your Linux desktop by running an Android device emulator with the Netflix app.

Re:Another answer (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42002489)

I believe that would be way to slow to watch. The netflix app uses the NDK so you have to emulate ARM which is slow. Besides it might well check for an emulator and fail to start.

Re:Another answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42003067)

The android version also uses low bandwidth streams as its intended for consumption on small displays. Artifacts and obvious when viewed on large displays. The Netflix android option is a poor option for most users who wish to view streaming content on a non-handheld device.

Re:Another answer (1)

Anrego (830717) | about 2 years ago | (#42002973)

You can also run a windows XP virtual machine using virtual box and watch netflix that way. Works fine if you enable hardware acceleration and have decent hardware.

Done. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002539)

Roku.

How does it run on blu-ray players? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#42002557)

Most likely people have looked into this before, but I would suspect my blu-ray player is not running windows. Maybe instead of trying to get netflix to work in a browser in WINE in linux, they should try looking at how blu-ray players do it?

Re:How does it run on blu-ray players? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42002565)

They use software not compiled for x86 so it is actually easier to get Wine to work than what you are suggesting.

Re:How does it run on blu-ray players? (1)

AwesomeMcgee (2437070) | about 2 years ago | (#42003005)

If they could get it working in linux for arm I think people would be more than happy calling that "netflix on linux" because they'd just go buy their rPi's and happy happy joy joy. Furthermore there's a trick with flash to tweak one of the libs in android so it appears as non-android which allows hulu to play as well. These 2 systems for arm worked up for normal linux on ARM would give the rPi and slashdotters everything they want. So I kind of agree that someone should be out there trying to get these binaries out of bluray players to work in open arm systems.

I'd be more interested in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002577)

... running Netflix on Germany

Of course it does, always has... (1)

macbeth66 (204889) | about 2 years ago | (#42002589)

I just pop the DVD into the player and off it goes.

Wait. You mean streaming. Oh, okay. But who cares when Netflix has very little of their content available for streaming.

Re:Of course it does, always has... (2)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 2 years ago | (#42003077)

Netflix is pretty great for TV shows, but yeah, movies are pretty lacking.

Re:Of course it does, always has... (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#42003171)

but they have what matters:
Star Trek - OS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT,
Stargate - SG1, Atlantis, Universe,
Battle Star Galactic - New series, caprica, razor
x files, eureka, warehouse 13, Alphas,

unfortunately they no longer have red dwarf probably will again when season x hits dvd

Netflix already works on Linux (3, Informative)

Crimey McBiggles (705157) | about 2 years ago | (#42002595)

I have an LG TV (LV5500 I think) that has Netflix as a built-in app. The TV's operating system is Linux, and its manual even includes a copy of the GPL, along with a list of libraries (e.g. FFMPEG, Apache, etc). They've probably partnered with Netflix to get some sort of BLOB that can be run only on the intended hardware, so I doubt that it is free or open. TLDR; the title should says something about "desktop" or "Intel", because my ARM-based TV plays Netflix just fine thank you.

Re:Netflix already works on Linux (4, Informative)

interiot (50685) | about 2 years ago | (#42002773)

Netflix runs fine on ChromeOS on x86, which is Linux-based too.

Re:Netflix already works on Linux (1)

AwesomeMcgee (2437070) | about 2 years ago | (#42003033)

Seriously? How???

Re:Netflix already works on Linux (5, Interesting)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 years ago | (#42003275)

Seriously? How???

libnetflixplayer.so or something like that - it's a Pepper plugin.

My cobwebbed mind suggests it has some sort of tie-in with TPC that is inactive if the Chromebook isn't running in developer mode. Somebody correct me here.

Re:Netflix already works on Linux (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#42003191)

try ripping the binary out that runs it push it to pirate bay then

Old News - Has been available for a few years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002735)

Netflix has been running on Linux since early 2008 - in Blu-Ray players and network connected TVs

Title of TFA should read "x86 Support added for Netflix on Linux"

I'd be interested only if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002823)

I'd be interested only if I could download enough of the movie to play thru without continuous "rebuffering..." pauses, only to see my feed rerouted from a relatively nearby [i.e. fewer hops] to something much further away [i.e. many greater hops] thereby exacerbating the problem.

Get a faster Internet feed you say? Yeah, right, doesn't exist. CenturyLink & previously Qwest won't update their static'y "copper all the way" to my neighborhood (yeah, they did lay fiber within a hundred feet of my 'hood) & Comcrap's feed into my 'hood is slow & unreliable. Plus, Comcrap is well-known for throttling netflix anyways, plus I don't want to nourish their effective monopoly around here. All this in a 600,000 population community.

Local buffering would easily solve the problem but them content people are so fearful...GACK!

ppa? how about .deb? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42002851)

Ability/instructions to install to non-ubuntu/debian installs (deb package) would be appreciated. Believe it or not, some of us non-gurus have been running regular debian for some time (nearly ten years in my case) and would appreciate instructions/pointers on how to install this, especially if deb files can be made available, or if there is a ppa2deb script that actually works for ubuntu to debian conversions.

no Netflix for me (1)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about 2 years ago | (#42002899)

I was twice a Netflix member. I quit because I wasn't happy with their selection, which is really only of value if you have children. Now I'm an Amazon Prime Member. Amazon is priced competitively plus as a former studen,t I'm now paying $40 per year for the short term. The selection of "free" movies for Prime members is comparable to Netflix's selection but there is a greater selection at additional prices. Plus, I get the added benefit of free 2-day shipping for anything I buy through Amazon. On the whole, I think Amazon Prime is a better deal. I'm primarily a linux user with Chrome and my only issue is having to use Firefox just to watch movies because Chrome's built-in Flash player doesn't support DRM.

Re:no Netflix for me (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 years ago | (#42003225)

The selection of "free" movies for Prime members is comparable to Netflix's selection

Shirley, you must be joking [bgr.com] .

ChromeOS (2)

BuypolarBear (2713397) | about 2 years ago | (#42003017)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but why not just use ChromeOS's support for Netflix in something like Virtualbox?

Re:ChromeOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42003251)

CromeOS is a joke. Google sends you to download sites where you either have to pay or wait days with dozens of retries to get it. Really? If google really was serious about ChromeOS, they should just host it.

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