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I managed to get Netflix Desktop working in Ubuntu (it's pretty much just a full-screen windows version of Firefox). I went to watch House of Cards (a friend recommended it) and it told me to install Silverlight. So I did, and it worked fine.

Today however, it again prompted me to install Silverlight. So I did it again, but this time it keep telling me to install Silverlight. I went to the add-ons and plugins page within Netflix Desktop and it said no plugins were installed. So basically, installing Silverlight did nothing.

I also tried running Netflix in the native Linux version of Firefox by installing Pipelight, a plugin that integrates Silverlight into native Firefox. I still get a problem whenever I try to watch anything.

Is there a solution to either of these problems? Pretty much all my Googling didn't come up with problems like this.
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The issue you are having with netflix - desktop is well documented. Un install the package completely. Reinstall it and install the packaged version of silverlight. Following that you MUST disable silverlight's updates entirely. If it updates it doesn't work properly in the WINE environment anymore. Thus it acting like it's not installed again. The installer then fails silently because it's an older version.
First, run this in a terminal:
Code:
rm -rf ~/.wine-silverlight

Then run netflix-desktop and do the initial setup steps.
Once you have logged into netflix follow this guide:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/netflix-desktop/+bug/1164453/comments/22


I strongly recommend installing and using Pipe light instead as it is not only more stable but has surface acceleration thanks to running inside native browsers. You didn't detail your problem at all there so I can't help you. I need more information thank "it doesn't work"
    
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The issue you are having with netflix - desktop is well documented. Un install the package completely. Reinstall it and install the packaged version of silverlight. Following that you MUST disable silverlight's updates entirely. If it updates it doesn't work properly in the WINE environment anymore. Thus it acting like it's not installed again. The installer then fails silently because it's an older version.
First, run this in a terminal:
Code:
rm -rf ~/.wine-silverlight

Then run netflix-desktop and do the initial setup steps.
Once you have logged into netflix follow this guide:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/netflix-desktop/+bug/1164453/comments/22


I strongly recommend installing and using Pipe light instead as it is not only more stable but has surface acceleration thanks to running inside native browsers. You didn't detail your problem at all there so I can't help you. I need more information thank "it doesn't work"

Thanks, that worked!

This is what happens whenever I try to watch something on Netflix in native Firefox, with Pipelight installed:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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You need to install a user agent switcher add on (there's one of that exact name for Firefox. ) and switch the user agent to Firefox on Windows. Pretty quick and easy. I recommend setting it to do that ONLY on netflix.com and not all addresses.
    
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You need to install a user agent switcher add on (there's one of that exact name for Firefox. ) and switch the user agent to Firefox on Windows. Pretty quick and easy. I recommend setting it to do that ONLY on netflix.com and not all addresses.

So now it's letting me watch stuff but I get error code N8109. Googling it says it's a Silverlight problem. Why does Silverlight play so horribly with the other kids -.-
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Are you on pipelight or Netflix desktop? Which ua did you switch to? Do you have wine installed other than for silver light?

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Quote:
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So now it's letting me watch stuff but I get error code N8109. Googling it says it's a Silverlight problem. Why does Silverlight play so horribly with the other kids -.-

It appears some people have problems with that user agent switcher causing n8109.

Un install that plug in and use this one instead:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/user-agent-overrider
    
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It appears some people have problems with that user agent switcher causing n8109.

Un install that plug in and use this one instead:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/user-agent-overrider

Thanks, it's working natively now smile.gif
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Glad to hear it! If you could mark the post [Solved] so that other Google users might find it that would be fantastic.
    
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