Saturday, May 01, 2010

No Netflix streaming for Linux

I just assumed that like Youtube, because Netflix was using flash streaming, and it would work on Linux.
Correction: It's using Microsoft Silverlight see comment.

Well It doesn't work on linux.

Below is the message I get from Ubuntu Linux.

Instant Watching System Compatibility

Watching instantly on your computer

Our apologies — streaming is not supported for your operating system.
Note that your current Internet browser is fully compatible with adding titles to the Instant Queue for later watching on compatible devices.

Complete System Requirements

To watch instantly, you'll need a computer that meets the following minimum requirements:
  • Windows

    • Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Vista or Windows 7
    • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher; or Firefox 2 or higher
    • 1.2 GHz processor
    • 512 MB RAM
  • Mac

1 comment:

bottleman said...

There is no Netflix streaming for Linux right now, and that sucks, but it's not because of Flash. Netflix doesn't use it.. it uses Silverlight for streaming. In concept there is a Linux version of Silverlight, Moonlight, but this still won't work with Netflix because there is DRM as well, and the DRM isn't part of Moonlight.

If you want Netflix to support Linux, the thing to do is to ask Netflix directly. They don't really have a customer service email, so you have to call them. The phone number can be found on your "account" page.

Good luck!