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Old 04-10-2013, 05:30 AM   #1
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Question Now TV and Silverlight?


I live in a conservation property that will not allow Sat Dishes. Terrestrial TV is all we have ... No cable like Virgin Media.
My OS is Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon 64 bit and I was advised to download Novell-Moonlight as a linux replacement for Silverlight which is necessary to run "Now TV". I tried Google Chrome Browser and Chromium with Novell Moonlight, neither of them work and I still get asked to install Silverlight. I have read that Silverlight does not support Linux and seen lots of frustrated complaints about the inability to get Silverlight / Moonlight working in Linux. The question is, has anyone ever got Moonlight to work? Perhaps I'm using the wrong Browser and that may be my problem or is there another way that will work?

Any help on this would be really appreciated.

Thanks.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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AFAIK, nobody has done a reverse engineering project on Silverlight.
Several companies use it because it won't do linux - they see that as a 'feature':-/. It saves people like Netflix getting caught by youtube-dl or the like.
 
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There are some posts on how to get netflix working in linux. I forget the actual steps but see how it has been done. I think it was a wine implementation.

You could buy one of those antennas that look like a large rock.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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I was just reading up on Fuduntu. They claim you can watch Netflix on their latest release.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 04:46 PM   #5
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There are some posts on how to get netflix working in linux. I forget the actual steps but see how it has been done. I think it was a wine implementation.

You could buy one of those antennas that look like a large rock.
it only works on 32bit systems, then 64bit systems are still way buggy and dont work 90% of the time with netflix.

the real issue is getting companies like netflix to switch over to HTML5 and other standards. Google got them to do it for their OS on their ChromeBook so it can be done.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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I was just reading up on Fuduntu. They claim you can watch Netflix on their latest release.
I have Fuduntu in a VM and the Netflix install seems to be broken. I've no doubt it may work well on real hardware but I'm not about to buy a subscription on the off-chance that it may work.
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it only works on 32bit systems, then 64bit systems are still way buggy and dont work 90% of the time with netflix.

the real issue is getting companies like netflix to switch over to HTML5 and other standards. Google got them to do it for their OS on their ChromeBook so it can be done.
No company will provide video in non-DRM format so Silverlight is the only choice now that Flash is being retired.
You buy your OS or you go without video on demand.
 
Old 04-11-2013, 08:10 AM   #7
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I have Fuduntu in a VM and the Netflix install seems to be broken. I've no doubt it may work well on real hardware but I'm not about to buy a subscription on the off-chance that it may work.
No company will provide video in non-DRM format so Silverlight is the only choice now that Flash is being retired.
You buy your OS or you go without video on demand.
Netflix probably wouldn't work well in a VM, try booting the live image and test it there.

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it only works on 32bit systems, then 64bit systems are still way buggy and dont work 90% of the time with netflix.

the real issue is getting companies like netflix to switch over to HTML5 and other standards. Google got them to do it for their OS on their ChromeBook so it can be done.
That isn't a problem with Fuduntu, Netflix works as well as or better than 32bit on our 64bit platform.
 
  


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