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Old 03-29-2012, 03:02 AM   #1
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Question How can I watch Netflix with Linux?


when I try to watch Netflix on my computer, it says it needs windows for it to work. so does that mean I have to get rid of linux and get windows again or is here a compromise? what do I do?
 
Old 03-29-2012, 04:25 AM   #2
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As far as I know, Netflix doesn't support Linux. There may be a work around though.

http://how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_...ly%29_in_Linux

If you don't like it, complain to Netflix, not Linux.
 
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:37 AM   #3
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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.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
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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":

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/ope...community/1745

Basically, there's no *TECHNICAL* reason Netflix can't...but they WON'T. Write to Netflix (as I have), and complain.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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The truth is that Netflix already support Linux, if you use their Android App. I just don't know why they haven't make it available for Desktop users.

If you want to watch Netflix really bad you can use your video game console, but I wont subscribe until Netflix welcomes desktop Gnu/Linux users.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 03:00 PM   #6
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The oddest part is the Roku system that they mention at Netflix to stream with to your TV uses a Linux OS. Go figure...
 
Old 03-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:06 PM   #8
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Just to fullfil my civic duty I wrote an email of complaint to netflix. Didnt cost me a penny and might help. We'll see. It's the same situation with lovefilm.com
 
Old 03-29-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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I bought an Amazon Kindle Fire, and it's become my Netflix-viewing device. (Seriously, that's all I use it for.)
 
Old 03-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #10
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I was waiting for some good news about the Fire.
 
Old 03-30-2012, 12:43 AM   #11
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As an alternative, I just saw this recently. Has any tried Amazon yet?

Regards,
Stefan
 
Old 03-30-2012, 11:20 AM   #12
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@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.

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@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.
 
  


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