Netflix for Linux (with WINE)

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GraysonPeddie's picture
Joined: 10/29/2006
Posts: 569

Quote:So I went into PCWorld, stumbled across the article (, saw the comment with the link (, typed...

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

in KDE's Konsole program and launched netflix-desktop! OH! I can't wait to get my membership reactivated! Ah, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers! I've watched the previous episodes of Power Rangers and I'm going to see if it works.

...enables Silverlight...


Checking Amazon Prime (oh, my trial is almost up and I'm about to cancel it and so I did)... Same there.

Is First 48 and Parking Wars in Netflix (old episodes)? Nah, but at least I could pay for it in Amazon. Oh, forget it.

Well, Netflix is a lot easier for me to browse in my opinion compared to Amazon (simplicity is great for Netflix) and you know what? Launching netflix-desktop is like launching Firefox in full screen -- at least using WINE since Netflix requires Silverlight, which supports DRM.

I'd bring in closed source software even though I'm a very big open source advocate. :)

Next step will be to bring in Steam for Linux once it goes out of beta.

I really don't use Windows 7 for a couple of months as I find it time-consuming and bothersome just to switch between Windows 7 and my beloved Kubuntu 12.04.

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.

eire1274's picture
Joined: 09/12/2003
Posts: 1309

I had mixed luck with Silverlight in WINE previously. I think I have some reading to do!

Have fun, be safe! Sláinte!

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