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    Netflix app? Update Silverlight?

    OK while it is unofficial and basically a specialized WINE box.... a needless silverlight update has broken the netflix application in the software center... I click install update and right click run from the FF DL list but of cource it still wants me to update....

    Is there a way to actualy add this Siverlight update to the netflix app bottle properly.... or should I just cancel netflix for good and switch to Amazon prime?

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    Re: Netflix app? Update Silverlight?

    Run these commands only if you don't run any other Windows' apps:
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    sudo apt-get purge netflix-desktop
    
    sudo apt-get clean
    
    rm -rf ~/.wine-browser/
    
    sudo apt-get update
    
    sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

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    Re: Netflix app? Update Silverlight?

    Is there a way to do it if I do?

    One system do using both WINE and CROSSOVER... The other do not

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    Re: Netflix app? Update Silverlight?

    Backup ~/.wine-browser, you can always restore it if there's a problem with the other Windows app.

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    Re: Netflix app? Update Silverlight?

    There's a separate thread with a solution that worked for me this evening.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2029336&page=2

    Specifically, I saved the shell script posted there by topdisc as 'netflixfix.sh' and ran it from terminal. It took a couple minutes, but Netflix ran thereafter. According to topdisc, this is not a real fix; it is a momentary work-around that has to be repeated each time Netflix-desktop thinks to check whether Silverlight needs to be updated.

    I've stumbled across another suggestion folks might wish to try if the above-proffered options fail to work:

    Erich E. Hoover on https://bugs.launchpad.net/netflix-desktop/+bug/1164453 wrote:
    I'm not having this problem, even with a fresh profile. It might be that you started with a profile from before when I had the installer disable automatic updates. So, I would suggest wiping the profile folder to see if that fixes it:
    rm -Rf ~/.wine-browser
    At least 5 people claim that this fix did it for them; the next time my Netflix fails, I'll try this out and report back.

    Well, that was quick. After the home server decided to stop running Netflix, too, I applied Erich Hoover's solution. I am happy to report that on my 64-bit 12.04 LTS installation, Hoover's fix seems to work!
    Last edited by Cincinnatux; April 19th, 2013 at 04:54 PM. Reason: new information

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    Re: Netflix app? Update Silverlight?

    That script contains basically the same commands as I gave in post #2. Again, if you run the script make sure you have good backups first.

    Also I noticed there was an netflix-desktop and wine-browser update this morning, so I'm hoping having to repeatedly run the above commands has been fixed.

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