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Old 01-12-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Netflix - A love/hate story


This is my first post, so I hope the topic is not covered in depth someplace else.

First I love using Netflix, I use it, my wife uses it, my son uses it. We all love it and have great success streaming movies and shows. We stream with with our Wii and Blueray player and we used to stream them with my computer before I changed to Ubuntu.

Now I have converted our entire fleet of computers to Ubuntu and couldn't be happier....except for the Netflix problem. As you probably know, Netflix does not support anything Linux.

I have gotten around this by using a virtual windows and streaming it through there but I use this virtual windows for logging into work and really don't want any surfing on this as I'm sure it's susceptible to virus' as it's windows.

Has anyone figured out how to get Netflix on your Linux computer? I would really like to figure this out as I travel extensively and would like to be able to watch shows on Netflix.

Thanks,
Marty
 
Old 01-12-2011, 08:13 PM   #2
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I guess I'd say no way as of yet but you should play with a few ideas just in case.

Might try silverlight in wine. http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...sion&iId=10736 Never tried it myself. Seems the new versions don't work in wine.
Then you'd maybe have to run chrome portable in wine also. Then you may have to get http://www.microsoft.com/playready/default.mspx running.

http://maketecheasier.com/install-an...nux/2010/10/02 if you want to try it.

Reactos may work but I never tried it either.

Since you are running a VM just keep a good backup vmdk or two.

One post suggested a netflix rep claims that some people have linux and netflix. I rather doubt it is fully linux.

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:34 PM   #3
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Boxee offers a media center software for windows, mac and LINUX.
http://www.boxee.tv/make

You install the software and setup the services you want including netflix.

Boxee suggests connecting your computer to a HD/LCD TV with either a HDMI or DVI cable for better viewing experience, But it is not necessary.

Videos about Boxee
http://support.boxee.tv/entries/171660-video-tutorials

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:39 PM   #4
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You've already discovered the best solution: Windows in VirtualBox. I wouldn't worry about contracting a virus from the Netflix site.
 
  


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