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Is there a way to stream Netflix?

Has anybody found a workaround to watch Netflix on Ubuntu other than running Windows XP through VirtualBox? At this point my girlfriends fascination with Netflix is the only reason I still use windows for anything.

Netflix now supports Chrome OS 13 or higher, and Mac OS 10.4.11 or later. I have tried Moonlight without success.


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There were rumors last July of an official Netflix client for Linux within the next 12 months, but I've heard little since then.

Moonlight will probably never be an option, as there are no plans to license the Playready DRM, which is used by Netflix.

The Netflix plugin for Chrome (including Chrome OS) provided a glimmer of hope, but for various technical reasons, this hasn't yet made Netflix available in Chrome for Linux.

So while the signs are increasingly positive, I wouldn't hold your breath until we hear an official, on-the-record release date (or at least a time-frame) from Netflix. In the meantime, it seems your only option is to continue to run Windows in Virtualbox (and, for bonus points, sign the petition).


Netflix has no plans of supporting linux. They use DRM infested Microsoft Silverlight that also has no plans to support linux. Moonlight doesn't support this drm. There is a petition floating around somewhere that you can add your name to and perhaps you should email Netflix directly and let them know how you feel.

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