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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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Yay

Netflix took forever to be available on Android for good reason. Reed Hastings had to suffer some business setbacks and resign from his position on Microsoft's Board "to focus on the needs of my own company" first.

Netflix has gone gangbusters ever since.

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Interesting

Slurp should be worried as more online services support Linux and other OSes. The major reason many hold onto Bloat whatever is that some sites and services only support Bloat.

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Sorry? I'm afraid I just don't understand your hip jive talk. What is this Slurp of which you speak? Bloat? I think I will never be able to get down with the kids...innit...alas...where are one's slippers...?

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Re: Interesting

He puts Slurp in every comment. It's as predictable and tedious M$ and CRApple.

He could post something really interesting and original, but soon as I see keywords like that, I just zone out.

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> It's as predictable and tedious M$ and CRApple.

But less meaningful. I went from Slurp, to sucks up data, to Google. Didn't fit with the context of his post, but I don't think it was an unreasonable leap.

For that matter, in the context of streaming video, I assumed Bloat == Flash too.

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Isn't Slurp another term for The Chocolate Factory, not Microsoft?

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Why would Google be worried? Half their stuff is based on Linux...

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Slurp = Google (slurps all your data / personal info), Bloat = Android (full of Google crapware).

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Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers...

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>Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers...

It isn't really about a few more customers. Its about platform independence and it probably isn't a large cost for them. Probably more about removing dumb errors and testing, than new coding.

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Probably not. It's more likely that me and the other two will just uninstall Chrome.

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"Anonymous Coward

Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers..."

Well then, you can refer to me as Linux Customer #1 you pretensious twat.

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Probably not. It's more likely that me and the other two will just uninstall Chrome.

Yep, I'll be testing in in Vivaldi on Linux this evening.

Thanks!

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"Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers..."

And all 3 of them upvoted you!

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"Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers..."

And think of all the new customer when the WindowsPhone (or whatever it's called this week) version is released.

(And no, that wasn't a typo)

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3?

That's a lie. I just installed mint 18 while reading through this comment thread, on a second laptop. So it's at least 4 now. :-p

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Re: >Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers...

ack on platform independence. This is THE NEXT roadblock removed for widespread Linux takeover on the desktop, while Micro-shaft sleeps in the Win-10-nic wheelhouse and fails to see the iceberg in time...

It's all good!

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Re: >Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers...

Yay! The year of Linux on the desktop! Where have I heard that before?

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Client?

Cheap tablet running a locked down Linux with a browser pointing at Netflix servers (branded alternative to ChromeOS)?

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What hardware Intel and ARM?

Netflix be supported linux cross platform or just Intel Linux? . I can do this with my Pi3? How is the rights management done? Cause under linux I have low level access to the screen as I can recompile the OS if I need to. I would expect high quality ripping to be a problem for Netflix.

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Re: I would expect high quality ripping to be a problem for Netflix

Lets face it, you can already get high quality rips of practically everything on the torrent sites. This is unlikely to change those dedicated pirates one bit.

But for the rest of the world it makes sense, if you can get stuff legally and without hassle its worth paying a modest amount for.

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Re: What hardware Intel and ARM?

Netflix worked on Linux before, but only via Chrome. Now it continues to be available on Linux, but via Chrome and Firefox, now that Firefox/Linux ships with DRM.

So, I guess the next question is why you haven't been getting up to your exciting criminal activity already. I guess living under a bridge and antagonizing goats takes up a lot of time.

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Re: What hardware Intel and ARM?

" I would expect high quality ripping to be a problem for Netflix."

if it can be displayed on a TV screen, it can be ripped. You know, HDMI 'wye' adaptors, extra cables and a DVR. right? I could purchase the gear for under $200 on amazon.

but most people would just buy the DVD or Blu-ray when it comes out.

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I use both Linux and Firefox, but I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies, nor services that don't work on my Linux-based Kodi HTPC.

I'm willing and ready to give money to whichever company is first to offer me the option to purchase, download and keep TV shows and movies on my media server and add them to my Kodi library. I recently put a lot of effort into finding such a service, but it seems that no such option currently exists.

It's no wonder people just pirate the content when the industry aren't even bothering to offer it in a format that's compatible with one of the best media systems out there (Kodi).

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re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

Agreed. Linux users are probably more anti-streaming/anti-cloud than OSX/WinX. Which is interesting since that's what the cloud is built on.

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

"Agreed. Linux users are probably more anti-streaming/anti-cloud than OSX/WinX."

I don't understand that statement; why would your choice of OS have any bearing on whether you decide to use streaming services or "duh cloud"? The only possible correlation I see between Linux users and these technologies is that they are more likely to implement such services themselves.

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

Why? Most of the people I know who use linux on the desktop stream from Netflix, Prime, or the "free" services like iPlayer.

If you add on Chromebook users, as well as the various Sky/Freesat/Freeview boxes based on linux as well, there's a massive amount of linux based platforms that use Netflix.

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

Because the vast majority of my entertainment media consumption is games, and as such I sometimes go months without watching any new TV shows or movies, so a subscription service makes no sense to my situation.

I just want to pick the episodes and movies I actually want to watch, pay for them once so I can watch them whenever I feel like it (I tend to watch a lot of comedy TV shows and documentaries multiple times, so I feel they're worth keeping).

And it must work on Kodi too because that's what I'm using, and that's not going to change any time soon.

For what it's worth, I had a one-month trial of Netflix on my Gear VR and I found the content selection extremely limited. I couldn't really find any of the stuff that I normally want to watch. I cancelled it the same day.

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@ MartinB105

Isn't the option you're looking for called "The DVD/Blu-Ray"? It seems to fit all your criteria. Buy once, watch whenever? Yep. So buy the DVD, rip it to your disk, and sell on the DVD, or give it to your granny. She'll love you forever.

Otherwise just stay as you are and come to terms with the fact that you and the world don't match or mesh in any significant way. That's what I did. If only big companies catered more to the edges of the bell curve instead of concentrating on the lucrative centre.

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@Geoffrey W

I'm not going to pay for the inconvenience of having to rip physical media myself (and I haven't owned an optical drive in years anyway). They can either offer a digital distribution option, or they can come to terms with the fact that people like me will never stop pirating their content. THIS is the world we live in, and it's their loss, not mine.

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"the industry aren't even bothering to offer it in a format that's compatible with one of the best media systems out there"

Not only are they not supporting it, the content & rights owners are probably looking on with interest at prosecutions of people who sell hardware loaded with 3rd party software, rather than going for those who actually make the materials available. If it is an offence to provide something that someone else could use for an illegal act, without offering proof of specific illegal acts, then shops that sell knives will be in trouble sometime soon, as will car dealers, certain garden supplies companies, telephone manufacturers, and so on. Alternatively, the law is not just an a$$ but a very lazy one.

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

"they can come to terms with the fact that people like me will never stop pirating their content."

I was going to say something snarky, and then I decided it wouldn't make a difference...

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

It's almost like individuals have their own personal utility and preferences. You pay your money and make your choices.

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Well you're too kind Netflix, far too kind.

But I'm still not giving you £6.99 a month after you pulled the entire collection of Thomas The Tank Engine from me.

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Not about the 3 users

IMHO this is not about Captain Hogwash, me and the third Linux desktop user. This is about HTPCs, whether they come from geeky friends or from chinese manufacturers.

I have yet to see a sub €100, easy to setup, easy to use media player device (such as the one I installed at my MIL to allow her to watch Images of her grandchildren made with one of these new digital cameras, that do not actually give you a paper copy), that is NOT based on Linux. And more than half come with a HTML UI.

Now think what a market his is for Netflix.

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Netflix - The facts.

4k is only available through tv app, xbox or windows 10.

Windows 7 - 1080 only through silverlight and IE.

Linux - Previously no HD when I tried it.

Therefore I welcome this news with a huge pinch of salt. The above is down to DRM but to be honest it's a waste of time as you can download Iron Fist in UHD with 5.1 sound quite easily via torrent.

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Netflix once said they would never offer downloads, now they do..

Who knows, maybe at one point, Netflix will offer DRM Free downloads, atleast of their own content?

Since their entire business model seems to be based on regular new content to keep subscribers, and the fact that their content is already ripped as soon as its released, allowing DRM free downloads would not be detrimental to their business and would not increase piracy..

They just need to limit the downloads to the top tier, I would hapilly upgrade for the convenience this would add!

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I've not installed Adobe Flash on linux for a long time. Nor Skype either.

Netflix has worked just fine on my linux laptop for quite a while.

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Well they'd gain more Linux users if they dropped DRM

Seriously there is no reason why they have DRM on their own shows. And DRM is malware. DRM acts against my wishes and runs on high privilege levels. DRM systems also had security bugs (harming the user) in the past. Combine that with high privilege code and you get a disaster.

However one advantage is clear, it'll mean that you can run a modified Linux inside a virtual machine (or on separate hardware) which simply records the streams DRM-free so you can watch what you pay for even on hardware you still want to own.

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Re: Well they'd gain more Linux users if they dropped DRM

Opera Stable 44, 45 and now 46 on Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 and higher), does DRM nicely

when installing the Widevine component from the Chrome Browser for Linux :

[acer20:stock]:(~)$ rpm -q -a | grep opera

opera-widevine-58.0.3029.110-1-mdv2011.0.x86_64

opera-stable-45.0.2552.881-2-mdv2011.0.x86_64

[acer20:stock]:(~)$ rpm -q -l opera-widevine-58.0.3029.110-1-mdv2011.0.x86_64

/opt/google/chrome/libwidevinecdm.so

/opt/google/chrome/libwidevinecdmadapter.so

[acer20:stock]:(~)$

and of course make sure chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_58.0.3029.81 is installed as well : /usr/lib/chromium-browser/libffmpeg.so

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Engineer

This is about time. I have been messing around with Pipelight to get M$ Silverlight to work with Firefox for Linux to use Netflix. While Pipelight was working quite well, it's nice not to need all that extra bage to view Netflix on Linux. Also, I find Firefox easier to use than Google Chrome. Now if only Comcast/XFinity would add HTML5 video streaming support for Linux. After all, Linux is just as important as Mac OS/X and I am an advocate for Linux.

David A. Smith

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I will be happy.

I have watched Netflix on Linux for some time now, however, to do so, I have had to buy a machine with a quad core processor, 16 gig of memory, etc., and run Firefox on Windows 7 in a Virtual-box.

Netflix was, for YEARS now, the ONLY reason I ever booted Windows from the hard drive. Since I have had this setup (about a year) native Windows has not run.

To run Netflix natively on Linux will make me very happy, even if I am the only one doing so.

BTW... As of right now, 10 pm on March 22nd, this is vaporware and smoke and mirrors. Netflix does NOT at THIS TIME, run natively on Linux using Firefox.

Not that I care a lot, I am Windows free either way.

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Netflix on Linux nothing new.

I've been using Pipelight to watch Netflix with Firefox on Ubuntu for quite some time. Recently (month or two ago?), I found that it's no longer necessary - just turn on a user agent switcher to make Netflix think it's Windows. Sounds like now that isn't necessary either.

Now if only I could play my Flash games in Firefox without Pipelight...

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Re: Netflix on Linux nothing new.

"Now if only I could play my Flash games in Firefox without Pipelight"

As impressive as it is that you got flash games to work on a Silverlight library id have to advise you try flash?

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I have a Linux laptop I use when I'm travelling. I didn't even know Netflix didn't support Linux because I've been using it via Chrome. I would guess most people who wanted Netflix on their Linux systems just installed Chrome to watch it.

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At least in the UK, Netflix has a remarkably crap selection of movies and an awful UI. It reminds me of visiting a crappy video rental place in the 80's, they probably have a couple of good movies, but you get cheesed of by the mountain of crap & the clerk's attitude long before you find them.

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What about the kiwi variant?

They need their Nit Flux.

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