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Recently I encountered the same problem. The mono solution doesn't work as it doesn't support DRM. In the end I gave up on netflix.
I agree with Fred - don't blame linux for it. It's netflix and the technology they use that is the source of problem.
I will also chime in, and agree with Fred and sycamorex. It annoys me to no end that I can't use Netflix on my laptop. Why?? It boils down to the asinine DRM implementation they've decided to use "For the users protection and convenience":
It may be possible for someone to get netflix on linux. Most of that is controlled by a hardware chip deal so unless you can hack that you can't get your box to run netflix. (my guess) For now Netflix only allows Silverlight to run encryption on software. The game consoles have special chips in them to secure it to their satisfaction.
@propofol: As the article says, their selection is nowhere near as comprehensive as Netflix's. Maybe they'll get there eventually.
The other thing I dislike about their service is you pay an annual fee for Amazon Prime, but it doesn't give you access to all the film content. (i.e. There are still films you need to pay an additional fee for.) Annoying.
@jefro: Kindle Fire is a great device at $199. (I haven't evaluated the $199 B&N Nook Tablet offering, but it appears to be nearly identical in terms of features and hardware components.)
Of course, both are running Android. And, at least in the case of Kindle Fire, it is apparently fairly trivial to "root" it to allow the installation of more Android apps. But I have no interest in doing so. As I said -- it's a Netflix-viewing device for me.