Netflix on Ubuntu or XBMCbuntu…

Currently (2013-02) Netflix cannot run on Linux. Due to its reliance on Micro$haft Silverlight and DRM (digital rights management a.k.a the chains restricting human development). Silverlight is just Microsoft’s version of Adobe Flash.

Linux does have its own version of Silverlight called Moonlight, however it doesn’t have the DRM Netflix requires, but praise to the up-stream, someone hacked it!

Using WINE (Windows Is Not Emulated), a sort of Windows emulator and some modded FF (Firefox)/Silverlight files, Netflix will run beautifully!

Head over to http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/11/how-to-use-netflix-on-ubuntu, for detailed instructions.

If your following along from my Perfect Home Media Server post or using XBMCbuntu you may come across an Xorg compositing issue, as I did. Solution for that is here, http://www.crazysquirrel.com/computing/debian/xorg-compositing.jspx and more info here, https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xorg.

Netflix on Ubuntu or XBMCbuntu…

XBMC: Perfect Home Media Server.

Intro & Hardware

Since I’ve recently made the move from Mac OSX to Linux, I’ve been toying with the idea of swapping my standard (and expensive) cable TV for something slightly more suitable…

I’ve used XBMC (xbox media center, which nowadays has nothing to do with xbox) for a while on other systems and with some config, I reckon it could make a good TV.

I had some old hardware laying around, a HP xw4400, Dual Core Duo Intel CPU, 4GiB RAM, new DVD drive and new 1TiB HDD and the standard 300ish GiB HDD, I slapped a cheap £30 graphics card in there so it can handle HD well and a gigabit NIC, wired of course.

I ran an Ethernet from my AirPort Extreme router to the TV with the HP computer (connected by HDMI) and started on the software…

Software and Server

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XBMC: Perfect Home Media Server.