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Old 10-28-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Does Netflix work with Slackware?


So I have a brand new bright and shiny HTPC running Slackware64 and xbmc along with all my other goodies from SBo. I'm SUPER happy with how well this has gone, I have successfully navigated the resolution and font display issues, I have successfully navigated HDMI audio issues, and I am just thrilled. The next issue I have to work out is what services will work for streaming new content. I'm currently watching Family Guy for free on Hulu while I type this. I like what I have seen of Netflix at other people's houses, and I like the disc-in-the-mail option since this machine is Blu-ray ready, but the streaming is what I'm really after for some of the TV series they have. I have read lots of bad things online, but I figure I will get the most definitive answer from this forum so to make a long story short (TOO LATE!):

Does Netflix work on Slackware?

EDIT: I guess I should mention that I don't currently have an account and won't be getting one unless it will work on Slackware.

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Old 10-28-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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Netflix streaming doesn't work with Linux. Period.
 
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I have a dual boot with Windows specifically for Netflix streaming; it is the only way.

For shows not available through Netflix, I use amazon.com. HBO shows like Boardwalk Empire and GoT are about $30/season, and the player works fine in Linux.
 
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Dual Boot or Virtualbox.
 
Old 10-28-2012, 05:06 PM   #5
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A few months ago I registered with them for a monthly free trial just to test it out but as mentioned above - no luck. Googling for it brings the same solutions: dual boot or VM.

Bear in mind that Android has a native Netflix application so for a few weeks I tested it on my Samsung Galaxy Tab but must say that the experience was far from ideal on my tablet. Constant, and I mean constant, problems with audio/video sync. Obviously I cancelled it after a month.
 
Old 10-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #6
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Well maybe I should start a new thread, but are there good streaming alternatives to netflix? I've seen some stuff about usenet which I have no firsthand knowledge of. My HTPC can definitely handle a VM so that's an option, and of course there's always old fashioned piracy, but a nice well supported streaming service would be much better than piracy! I will give Hulu and Amazon a test drive, but I don't know that I want to pay $30 to watch a whole season of anything!
 
Old 10-28-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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Chrome OS is Linux and it has a Netflix app.
 
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AFAIR, the same situation is with LoveFilm. I haven't tried any other services. Although recently I haven't really had time to watch anything, I'd be interested to know if there are any services supporting linux. Actually the only TV/film I have watched over the last 3 months was "Black Mirror" on Channel 4 (UK). For people based in the UK, it's available on 4oD. Quite interesting. Don't read about it, just watch it. (That's bad. I've gone off topic off topic. Apologies)
 
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Chrome OS is Linux and it has a Netflix app.
It doesn't work. Since I have a several netflix friendly devices I went ahead and signed up with the free month trial. I went ahead and installed an XP vm and it works fine, but the Chrome add in only works with windows, mac, and chromeOS which I installed in a vm thinking it might run quicker since it's for lowpowered hardware, but apparently windows xp does better on lowpowered hardware.

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AFAIR, the same situation is with LoveFilm. I haven't tried any other services. Although recently I haven't really had time to watch anything, I'd be interested to know if there are any services supporting linux. Actually the only TV/film I have watched over the last 3 months was "Black Mirror" on Channel 4 (UK). For people based in the UK, it's available on 4oD. Quite interesting. Don't read about it, just watch it. (That's bad. I've gone off topic off topic. Apologies)

I will be looking into this so long as I can try things for free and I will try to report back here!

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