How to view Netflix in Linux?

blackdog

How can I watch Netflix on a laptop running Ubuntu? It would seem simple since you can watch Netflix on Android, and Android is Linux based, but it's not, at least for me.

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jimlynch
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This article might be of use:

How to Watch Netflix on Linux
http://www.howtogeek.com/119204/how-to-watch-netflix-on-linux/

"Many Linux users reboot into Windows to watch Netflix, but you can watch Netflix on Linux without rebooting. Unfortunately, the solution here is inefficient – while Linux geeks have explored a variety of other clever solutions, none of them work.

A Windows virtual machine is your best bet for Netflix on Linux at the moment. Until Netflix acknowledges Linux users and gives us a solution, we’re stuck dual-booting or making due with a virtual machine.

Note: This is no longer the best method. Use the Netflix Desktop app instead."

Adrian Fox-Kirk
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Make sure you are fully patched on the updates side of things then:

Open up a terminal window
Type: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
Hit Enter
Type: sudo apt-get update
Type: sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

At this point you will see quite a large number of dependencies necessary for the installation click OK to this and the installation will begin.

Once that’s done, do the following:

Open the Unity Dash
Type netflix
Click Install on the Wine Mono Installer (this is necessary for .NET)
Click Install on the Wine Gecko Installer (this is necessary for embedded HTML to work properly)
If you get an error, OK the error (I had this same thing happen on two machines — everything worked fine anyway)
Allow the local installation to complete
At this point the Netflix Desktop application will open in full screen mode. To get out of that mode, hit F11. You will also find a new Firefox icon on your desktop. You can delete that if you like.

After this you should be good to go!

blackdog

Thanks for the help, Adrian. I'll give this a try when I get home tonight. Hopefully, I'll be kicked back watching an episode of Samurai Champloo on my laptop this evening. Thanks again! 

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