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I recently installed Fedora 14 on my home PC so I have a dual boot system running windows and linux. I probably would primarily use Linux on that machine as its older and Linux manages its resources MUCH better than Windows does, BUT I'm a bit of a Netflix junky and from what I've read there isn't currently a solution that allows for Netflix to work on Linux. Evidently Moonlight (which as I understand is supposed to be like silverlight) is missing a key piece of functionality. So is there really no solution?

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Hmm... I'm starting to think there might not be a solution... :/ – Kenneth Mar 12 '11 at 9:03
In general any service employing DRM won't work on Linux. – Let_Me_Be Mar 12 '11 at 11:03
Is there a reason for this? Perhaps a solution pending? – Kenneth Mar 12 '11 at 16:51
There are several different reasons. Licensing (GPL directly forbids most types of DRM), patenting (alternative implementations can't be created), NDA (even if the DRM technology isn't patented and there aren't licensing issues, you will have to sign an NDA which is of course incompatible with creating an open source implementation). – Let_Me_Be Mar 12 '11 at 17:13
So most likely there will never by a way to make it work then... :( And I'm guessing the only work around would be to use Wine or something like that... but then that defeats one of the big purposes of being on Linux. Oh well... dual boot it is! lol – Kenneth Mar 12 '11 at 18:18
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there is an easy way to install netflix now. How to install Netflix on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop
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From what I understand, the only way you can reliably watch netflix is through a virtual machine running Windows. At this point, playing natively in Linux is not supported.

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It's great to see (judging by the recent comments made here) that this problem has been solved since I wrote this comment in 2011, and that there are now ways to run Netflix on Linux. – J. Taylor Oct 17 '14 at 6:55

With Microsoft abandoning Silverlight, Netflix has made strong efforts to switch their video delivery software to HTML5. An HTML5 video player does not need a browser plugin like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight to work. However, in order to stream videos, Netflix requires their delivered content to remain secure. This is achieved in HTML5 via a browser plugin known as Network Security Service. Finally both of these components are mature enough.

If you use Chrome version 37 or later and have nss-3.16.2 or greater, streaming videos on Netflix should work out-of-the-box on any Linux distribution.

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The answers to your questions are here: http://www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/netflix-on-ubuntu-is-here.html By adding a ppa you can get a special blend of wine and firefox that will run the netflix videoplayer (silverlight). It's 3 commands and although I personally have had some trouble on the 64-bit kernel it works well on a 32-kernel. If you have further questions or you get it running on a 64-bit kernel let me know.

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Please summarize the steps in your answer so they will be preserved even if the link dies. – depquid Mar 19 '13 at 17:45

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