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I would like to be able to watch Netflix on Ubuntu 13.04, but on the website it doesn't let me do so. I also attempted to download netflix-desktop but when I click the icon it doesn't do anything.

Thank you.

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This question reads as a duplicate, perhaps edit it to add more detail as to what the problem with netflix-desktop is? –  Jorge Castro Aug 19 '13 at 14:00
    
@JorgeCastro There can't be any more info. It doesn't load when I click it. –  Trevor Aug 19 '13 at 15:18
    
Ok I've flagged this to reopen to be more specific about fixing netflix-desktop. You might want to try running it in a terminal and putting the information it returns in your question. –  Jorge Castro Aug 19 '13 at 17:02
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I'll provide the solution, which worked for me. First, to get a terminal output from netflix-desktop, you should launch it like this:

netflix-desktop --showdebug

Second, when you install netflix-desktop from the ppa, it not always downloads and install a Windows version of Firefox. This installation is handled by the wine-browser-installer package, so one solution would be to remove ~/.wine-browser directory and reinstall the package, as recommended above. Sadly, it did not work for me, and terminal output was still stating:

wine: cannot find 'C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe'

What helped is that I've downloaded Firefox for Windows manually, using the link, that displays, when you install wine-browser-installer package (in my case it was this version). Then I've installed it, using normal wine. It was installed under ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Mozilla Firefox After that I've ran

cp -R ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Mozilla\ Firefox/ ~/.wine-browser/drive_c/Program\ Files/

That solved my problem, hope it'll help.

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The same people who brought you netflix-desktop (which really works very well, you might want to run it from terminal and post the output) just released pipelight to integrate silverlight into linux native firefox - thus allowing netflix.

Instructions are found here.

But for those in a rush:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio  
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mqchael/pipelight  
sudo apt-get update  
sudo apt-get install pipelight  

And start firefox. This is a beta release though so nothing is guaranteed yet. As said previously you might want to give netflix-desktop a shot in the terminal and post the output.

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How would I go about doing that in the terminal and posting an output? –  Trevor Aug 18 '13 at 21:10
    
Please keep in mind that you need to close your browser before executing the steps described by chargedPeptide. Otherwise you will need to follow these instructions after the installation: answers.launchpad.net/pipelight/+faq/2357 You will also need to install a User Agent switcher otherwise you will get some weird errors with Netflix. The required instructions are described here: answers.launchpad.net/pipelight/+faq/2351 –  Michael Müller Aug 18 '13 at 23:33
    
Right, if you're on pure Ubuntu then push your homekey and enter terminal. It should pop up. Then enter the following: netflix-desktop Now there should be text on the screen. Mark it and copy by right clicking and chosing copy. Then post it here :) –  chargedPeptide Aug 19 '13 at 15:16
    
also thanks to Michael below. He is completely right on both counts. –  chargedPeptide Aug 19 '13 at 15:17
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Figured out the issue for me. See my answer below. –  sickgemini Sep 29 '13 at 10:01
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Clearing the wine browser directory and then re-installing as described by chargedPeptide in the comments for the previous answer worked for me.

The commands are:

rm -rf ~/.wine-browser
sudo apt-get install --reinstall netflix-desktop
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