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I just installed 14.04 LTS on my laptop. I tried to go on Netflix but it tells me to install silverlight but that does not work either. What are my options to get Netflix working on my laptop?

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You can install Firefox 49, which should have Netflix support, but there have been reports of some pretty serious graphical issues in that version.

Chrome will work just fine for Netflix, so I recommend you install that. You'll have to get it from Google's website. If you are using 32-bit Ubuntu, you can't install Chrome, unfortunately, and will have to try FF 49.

Note: Installing the .deb file from Google will fail unless you install a dependency first:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libappindicator1

Chromium is not a good option. It is similar to Chrome, but it doesn't have a lot of the proprietary stuff Chrome does, like Netflix compatibility.

  • I forget but does Chromium work for Netflix? – edwinksl Sep 4 '16 at 20:48
  • @edwinksl nope. – TheWanderer Sep 4 '16 at 20:49
  • @Zacharee1 - FYI: My edit about the dependency is from experience – Android Dev Sep 4 '16 at 20:56
  • @AndroidDev oh yeah, I forgot about that. I usually just run apt-get upgrade or apt-get install -f afterward. – TheWanderer Sep 4 '16 at 20:58

Please check this:

Now that I have Firefox 49, how do I watch Netflix?

With firefox 49 and for now, changing the user-agent to a recent chrome version, netflix do work in firefox on linux


Netflix via Google

The quick answer... Install Google Chrome. Netflix works naively on Ubuntu via Google's Builtin Netflix support.

Netflix via Netflix Desktop

Download the tar package from Launchpad. A direct link to the current package is Version 0.8.7. Extract the package. From the package directory run this these commands:

$ make
$ sudo make install

After that you can run Netflix seemlessly from Ubuntu's launch button.

Netflix Via Firefox
(tricky... in beta still being developed)

To upgrade to the latest version of Firefox from the developers repository perform these steps:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

For Netflix change Firefox mode to User Agent mode, Google.

  • How would i get Firefox 49 if my computer is too slow to run Ubuntu in 64 bit? – Alex De Sua Sep 4 '16 at 23:10
  • @AlexDeSua I'll add the details to my question. – L. D. James Sep 4 '16 at 23:12

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