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Thread: Netflix on Ubuntu using Wine and FirefoxPortable

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Netflix on Ubuntu using Wine and FirefoxPortable

    I know how long people have been trying to make this work forever, but I feel I'm a bit close after playing with it for a while.

    This solution uses Wine, FirefoxPortable (so it's self contained and not relying on registered dll's a lot) and using instructions found at the following link for getting silverlight installed into the portable app:

    I think it's REALLY close to working. I can open netflix, and hit the play button, at what point it goes through a "please wait while this installs" then finishes, giving me a screen with the netflix streaming controls, and sits at a screen saying "Thanks for installing, once installation is complete please restart your browser to watch this movie." If I restart the browser, it does it again.

    I think it might be more of a firefox configuration, something to tell it that silverlight is there instead of trying to re-install it. It's registering as an installed plugin but silverlight test sites work albeit very slowly and with mixed results.

    I'm not having any more luck, but it seemed like a method with promise i haven't seen tried before. Here's a whole package with my experiment, all set up: feel free to download it and try to make it work for yourself.
    Last edited by Surfrock66; May 15th, 2011 at 07:15 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Portland, OR
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Netflix on Ubuntu using Wine and FirefoxPortable

    Please continue to experiment -

    We are also being 'teased' with this for the future: netflix-chrome-plugin-will-bring-on-demand-video-to-linux/

    "HTML5-based Netflix plugin in Chrome OS and Google Chrome which will bring Netflix officially to Linux for the first time."

    Just so you know there may be a second choice someday...

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