Originally Posted by grayskunk
I just canceled my netflix subscription, mostly because of no linux support. It has been exactly 4 days. I guess they get to have my money again. It is very silly, Netflix works on my GoogleTV but not on my computer. Does anyone know the real reason it isn't supported natively? I read that it was because linux users would rip content and bypass DRM. That makes no sense and can't be true since Windows and Mac wouldn't have a harder time of it...
It's the position of DRM on Linux that's holding it back mostly, that and SIlverlight belongs to Microsoft ( go figure they'd use Microsofts DRM and not make their own ). And while yes some Linux devices have Netflix support they're usually closed loop devices where the user has very limited access to the inner machine, such as that with consoles. Whereas actual desktops are a bit harder, you can't just go with no DRM as that's just asking to have the service ripped. But the DRM service they use is owned by a 'competitor' ( used very loosely ) of Linux.
But mostly because of the whole Linux philosophy to keep things open or at least mostly open. ( This all next to the whole 'market share' argument, which most fail to realise if something isn't sold it isn't in the 'market' per-say. )