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Old 07-29-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Any ideas on making ActiveX work without using Wine?


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ActiveX is disabled

The Netflix Movie Viewer requires ActiveX to be enabled. Please verify in your Internet Explorer security settings that ActiveX is enabled, then reload this page to try again.

You may need to disable firewall or anti-virus software to enable ActiveX.
I'm running Debian amd64 Squeeze, and I've installed the Moonlight plugin and the User Agent Switcher plugin to see if I could spoof IE7.

And when I click on play on the instant play page, I get the message above.

Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions? Other than install IEs4Linux or something.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-30-2009, 03:28 AM   #2
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Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions? Other than install IEs4Linux or something.

Thanks.
Try lulu?
cheers,
jdk
 
Old 07-30-2009, 03:28 AM   #3
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God, that's a horrible message. You must use IE with ActiveX, a known security weakness. And in addition it recommends that you to disable your firewall and AV software to use it!

Are you sure this is a real Netflix item and not some trojan laden spyware? I don't think I'd touch it even if it's legit.

But to try to answer your question, ActiveX is not the same as Silverlight/Moonlight. It's a Windows-specific software control system. I know there used to be a mozilla ActiveX plugin to help provide support for things like this, but I don't know if it still exists. In any case, I think your only reliable options are to run IE under wine, or run Windows inside a VM.

Your best option is of course to have nothing to do with this terrible, insecure, closed-platform technology, and make sure Netflix knows how you feel about the cavalier attitude they're displaying towards your system's security.
 
Old 07-30-2009, 05:45 AM   #4
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You might take a look at ff-activex-host - Project Hosting on Google Code - http://code.google.com/p/ff-activex-host/

but it looks like its only for windows, might try using it with Firefox in wine.

But like David the H. there is no way in hell I would run something like ActiveX, you would be better off getting one of the many set-top boxes that support Netflix.
 
Old 07-31-2009, 11:03 AM   #5
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Are you sure this is a real Netflix item and not some trojan laden spyware? I don't think I'd touch it even if it's legit.
>CUT<
Your best option is of course to have nothing to do with this terrible, insecure, closed-platform technology, and make sure Netflix knows how you feel about the cavalier attitude they're displaying towards your system's security.
Yes, it is the genuine Netflix instant play site.

I am going to write to them to express my desire for a workable Linux client/method for using instant play.

If they're willing to host a contest and pay so much for it in order to improve their algorithms, then it should not be too much of a stretch for them to find a way to stream their movies via Linux.

And, yes, hulu or lulu may be options.

The set top box, however, is not what I really want right now. I would have to shell out more money for it, and here is a question, what is the quality of the playback for streamed movies on the set top boxes?

Thanks for the suggestions!
 
  


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