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Originally Posted by Netflix Comes To Linux Via Silverlight On Patched Wine 
Netflix video streaming is now available on Linux through the use of Wine. When running a specially patched version of Wine in conjunction with the Microsoft Windows versions of Firefox and Microsoft Silverlight, Netflix can now do Internet video streaming to the Linux desktop.

While the Netflix Inc has toyed with the idea of bringing their popular movie service to the Linux desktop, they haven't done so yet -- either natively or via Wine. Netflix is presently available for Windows and Mac OS X and requires the use of Microsoft Silverlight for the Internet video streaming service. The Mono-based Moonlight as an open-source Silverlight implementation for the native Linux desktop hasn't worked for Netflix due to the company's use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) mechanisms and other issues. Without these new Wine patches, running Netflix through a Windows browser with Silverlight has also failed up to this point.

Through a donation drive that was going on, a developer managed to achieve getting the service running on Wine. Aside from using Wine Git, there's five patches that currently need to be applied to the open-source program's code-base followed by installing Mozilla Firefox 14.0.1 for Windows and Microsoft Silverlight 4. When that's all setup correctly under the emulated environment, Netflix should finally work.

Testing was done on 32-bit Ubuntu Linux. The developer, Erich Hoover, is also said to be putting together an Ubuntu PPA to ease the setup process. Steps for setting up the patched version of Wine and Firefox/Silverlight are documented on this web-page. The patches against Wine will hopefully be merged into an upcoming Wine release:

- advapi: Implement GetNamedSecurityInfoW on top of GetSecurityInfo.
- server: Create directories with the specified security attributes.
- ntdll: Inherit security attributes from parent directories.
- server: Return more security attribute information.
- wininet: Fix InternetCrackUrl parsing URLs containing a semicolon.

It's an effort, at least for now... Netflix for you all can be semi easy tongue.gif
Edited by Shrak - 11/20/12 at 7:04pm
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i'm still miffed that a java stack on top of the linux kernel got netflix before real linux!

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Dear lord that looks like fun... tongue.gif Thankfully I'm not attached to them so I'll stick to my blurays. I still find it funny that people use silverlight or flash...I mean come on there has to be better ways right?
     
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ooh didn't realize there was a ppa for it, trying now :)

 

 

http://www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/ppa-for-netflix-desktop-app.html

 

i'll be...i can verify this does work :) works pretty well, a bit flaky on the resize.


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Works just fine for me smile.gif

Full screen/ resize/ windowed all good.


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(Jaw hits the floor)

I may have to give sliverlight and exception to my non-foss rule
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Works just fine for me smile.gif
Full screen/ resize/ windowed all good.
L0zbb.jpg

 

you know what is creepy, that is the same episode of mythbusters i tested it on...

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Have it set up on my HTPC now to launch Wine/Firefox from XBMC and directly load to Netflix, and while I love my BluRays, Netflix is just so much more convenient for most shows/movies that aren't extremely high action that truly need actual BluRay quality.
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Man, we got spoiled this year. Steam for Linux and now working Netflix, what wonders are next!
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Man, we got spoiled this year. Steam for Linux and now working Netflix, what wonders are next!

The possibilities are limitless. The attention Linux is getting this year is a great sign of things to come. At least in my opinion it is. Even though both Netflix and Steam are DRM riddled software, I'm not too worried about some programs having DRM on Linux. As long as it doesn't turn into a giant DRM cage like Windows is these days.
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