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    Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    Hello. Today I tried netflix desktop on ubuntu, and it tells me to upgrade silverlight. This froze the whole thing and I can only hear the audio. Any idea how to fix this or if it's even possible?
    Is there something I can to to let firefox not see the newer silverlight version?
    Last edited by howefield; November 23rd, 2012 at 03:50 PM. Reason: sorry, pressed edit instead of quote button...

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    You could try with Moonlight (the linux equivalent of Silverlight for MS). Silverlight is designed for Windows. I have no idea though how good/useful Moonlight is.

    I have read recently where some users have had luck running netflix in firefox under Wine. Another possibility maybe.

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by coldcritter64 View Post
    You could try with Moonlight (the linux equivalent of Silverlight for MS). Silverlight is designed for Windows. I have no idea though how good/useful Moonlight is.

    I have read recently where some users have had luck running netflix in firefox under Wine. Another possibility maybe.
    That's the tweak that doesn't work anymore.
    The whole reason why netflix doesn't work under linux is because of silverlight. And now when silverlight has been upgraded, not even the new wine tweak works.
    I can't believe people hyped this thing up like crazy though.
    I mean, it was just a matter of time before this would happen.
    Too bad it happened only 2 days after they made Netflix Desktop.
    Coincidence? Nah, Microsoft hates it when you can use their products on other platforms. Especially their free products that'll make people switch over to linux
    Last edited by colobix; November 20th, 2012 at 07:52 PM.

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    I think it's safer to chalk this up to a Wine issue. The Wine + Silverlight patch was always an iffy beta type of thing to begin with. I would say wait for proper support for Silverlight under Wine, and this issue should go away.

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    Moonlight is dead in the water. Development stopped ages ago. They couldn't keep up with silverlight versions anyway.

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    It's still working here. Try running the firefox.exe with wine directly, rather than the desktop app and see if it that makes any difference?

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by weasel fierce View Post
    It's still working here. Try running the firefox.exe with wine directly, rather than the desktop app and see if it that makes any difference?
    Thanks but no. from firefox.exe it doesn't recognize silverlight at all.
    But since the silverlight version came out just a few hours ago, maybe it hasn't come to your location yet.
    I live in Norway, so netflix.com here redirects to netflix.no.
    Oh well. I'm glad Netflix Desktop is on a PPA, so hopefully this will be fixed before you all get this issue.
    They usually release these updates in the smaller countries first.
    If any of you know who's behind this netflix desktop patch, please tell them about this so they can upgrade and patch the latest version of silverlight.
    Last edited by colobix; November 20th, 2012 at 09:09 PM.

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    Looks like a new build just went up.

    https://launchpad.net/~ehoover/+archive/compholio

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    If you want the things you've never had
    you have to do the things you've never done.

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    Re: Netflix Desktop not working anymore

    I don't really know why you posted this link, but that's the netflix app we are talking about here.
    I really hope they fix this issue though.

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