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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE 128

sfcrazy writes "Ironically while Netflix's infrastructure runs on Linux and Open Source technologies, the service doesn't support Linux, the platform. Netflix is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome OS but not for desktop Linux. One of the reasons could be that Netflix still uses Microsoft's Silverlight which is not supported on Linux. However Linux users have managed to get it to work on their distros. Now openSUSE users can also run Netflix using Pipelight."
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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

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  • by jonnyj ( 1011131 ) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @07:33PM (#45763103)

    Instructions are here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/08/pipelight-use-silverlight-in-your-linux.html [webupd8.org]

    I've been using it for several week with Netflix on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10. It also works with Eurosport Player.

  • Ironic? (Score:4, Informative)

    by PNutts ( 199112 ) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @07:34PM (#45763107)

    No. The word I'm thinking is plagiarism. With the exception of the last sentence the summary was lifted from the ./muktware site with only one word changed.

  • Slow day? (Score:5, Informative)

    by infinitelink ( 963279 ) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @07:38PM (#45763131) Homepage Journal

    Dated much? Use of Pipelight to run Netflix on linux distros has been long available, publicized, shows for every search of "run Netflix on Linux", so...why is this here?

  • Don't forget FreeBSD (Score:4, Informative)

    by ZorkZero ( 6507 ) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @07:38PM (#45763133)

    The OS doing the heavy lifting (serving the actual video, up to 1/3 of the traffic on the net during peak hours) is FreeBSD.

    • "serving the actual video, up to 1/3 of the traffic on the net" - Huh, that's strange. Are you sure? Because caching and collocation is a thing, you know?

      • Not the original poster, but yes, I'm sure. Well, not quite. He meant to say 1/3 of the traffic on the Internet in the USA, but this is Slashdot and so the Internet and the USA get mixed up quite often. Netflix runs their own CDN, which runs FreeBSD. Scott Long has given a few talks about their infrastructure. They do some quite crazy things with aio to pull 1MB chunks of a load of films into RAM and then dump them out over the network (it turns out people seek quite a lot, so being too aggressive in t
  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @08:06PM (#45763289) Homepage

    Every BluRay player that has netflix on it is running Linux. so they are lying when they say they do not support it. My Panasonic BluRay states it runs linux in the manual and the License information, and there is Netflix right there on it.

    Netflix does not support a generic distro because they dont want to bother supporting it.

    • The code to run netflix on your Bluray player and any other smart appliance has a binary blob they interface with to do the actual work. They can't "release the source" and honestly, the solution is different for every smart appliance out there, even if it runs linux
      • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

        nobody asked them to release the source. just release the binary blob.

        • by hawk ( 1151 )

          Vile hereteic!

          For thy sin of requesting ye olde blob, thou art excommunicated from the High Church of Emacs.

          There is NEVER an excuse for not handing over all your work, err, releasing the source.

          (2 minutes now is too fast? Where's the "it's *ME*, damnit key? [hawk, who has a 4 digit uid as it took him a while to get over the cookies thing)

          And now 4 minutes is too soon???

    • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
      Yes, running Linux with a custom DRM binary. You can get the GPL'd Linux code form the Bluray maker, but you won't get the part that's required to decode the streams.
      • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

        That's why I haven't gotten silverfish or Netflix. I wonder, though, maybe I could run another instance of Linux, or maybe Chrome dual-boot or in a VM?

        Nah, still wouldn't trust it. It would have to be on a box dedicated to Netflix.

    • More to the point, they also support an Android app, which means that they support most consumer Linux installs.
    • by houghi ( 78078 )

      They are not lying. What it generally means is that there will be no support given, nor any effort to make it work. They do not say that it won't work.

      In the various companies I have worked, we never supported Linux (and I am talking just webpages here) and sometimes even only Internet Explorer specific versions. This means that if you have Firefox on Linux, we will verify if you filled out things correctly and if that does not help, you are on your own. I will not open a ticket. I will not do any updates.

  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @08:52PM (#45763503)

    There is this thing called a tv with 40" inch screens

    • by ruf10 ( 961050 )

      TV? I'm 30, I'm to young to own a TV

    • by norite ( 552330 )
      Yes, and there's also this thing called a media server computer which plugs into that 40" tv. Broadcast is dead.
    • There is this thing called a tv with 40" inch screens

      From where I'm sitting, my 23" computer monitor consumes about three times the visual range of my 50" TV, and it's higher resolution too. I can even watch it while it's twin brings up this web page.

      Ah, well, not everyone's computer chair is as comfy as mine, but if you think about how much more time you spend at the terminal, that doesn't make any damn sense now does it? Perhaps you need to learn how to browse from a reclining captain's chair?


    • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

      because netflix looks like shit on a huge screen? hell it looks like shit fullscreen on a 23" monitor.

    • People still have TVs? Why not just watch it on your computer?
  • One of the reasons could be that Netflix still uses Microsoft's Silverlight which is not supported on Linux. (emphasis mine)

    You would think this alone is the reason, but wait...there's more: -

    However Linux users have managed to get it to work on their distros.

    So, the same Linux that isn't supported can have Netflix run after all!!

    Now openSUSE users can also run Netflix using Pipelight."

    Ohh my mistake! This is Slashdot, right?

    • Supported, in that kind of context, typically means 'supported by the vendor.' In this case, Netflix doesn't support their software on Linux. If it works, that's an accident as far as Netflix is concerned.
    • Hmm, so any story of the form "X is a problem, but some people find a solution" is "contradictory, fallacious"?

      This would make, BTW, virtually every story about a new invention designed to solve some pre-existing problem (which is 99% of inventions) "contradictory, fallacious".

  • Wine may be perfectly crumulent, but I don't want it running on my network.
    I'll wait until Netflix supports HTML 5, which should be fairly soon!

    I would sooner buy a $35 Chromecast than install Windows emulation software (whether or not Wine is an emulator).

    • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
      Yay, HTML5, with a DRM plugin so you can use a DRM blob that can make system calls. At least Netflix will work. chroot that browser though. That's assuming someone makes a Netflix blob to use with HTML5. Many content providers won't allow their content to be used on any platform that doesn't support a "secure" path for the DRM. This may require a custom kernel blob module.
      • If I recall, they are using the WebCrypto HTML5 standards in their HTML5 implementations today. They use a plugin on Chrome OS, but only because those extensions aren't yet implemented in (non dev versions of) the browser. On that note, anyone successfully get it working in Chromium, preferably by enabling those extensions in the dev version?
    • I'll wait until Netflix supports HTML 5, which should be fairly soon!

      They already do, but it requires a DRM module that doesn't work in Linux. Ironically, Linux users are pretty much the only ones still using the Silverlight plugin, all of the other platforms have switched to the HTML5 interface already.

      • DRM module is available in Google Chrome on ChromeOS ... aka Linux. Running on x86 and ARM.

        DRM module is available in the Netflix app on Android ... aka Linux. Running on x86 and ARM.

        DRM module is not available in Google Chrome on any other Linux distro, though. Completely arbitrary limitation. Google Chrome is Google Chrome is Google Chrome, but Google limits the availability of the DRM module.

  • Crap software from M$.

  • 1) Set up a web page with the address http://netflix.com/linux/ [netflix.com] which helps customers to watch the flicks under Linux
    2) Become a sponsor of the Moonlight project [mono-project.com]
    3) ???
    4) Profit!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      1) Become a sponsor of the Moonlight project [mono-project.com]
      2) Become despised by both open and closed source communities alike.
      3) ???
      4) Go out of business.

  • by Cito ( 1725214 ) on Monday December 23, 2013 @12:17AM (#45764329)

    Install the Android x86 libs then download Netflix native android Linux app from google play and it runs on any Linux flavor smoother and simpler than pipe light wine hacks

  • It seems to me it would be easier use it inside an Android virtual machine. Is there any kind of Android emulation that allows them to be run in a window on Linux?
  • This is an ad for OpenSuse, Pipelight has been around for 2-3 months now.
  • And playstation 3 also supports silverlight? Not a chance....
  • by tekrat ( 242117 ) on Monday December 23, 2013 @10:24AM (#45766431) Homepage Journal

    I've tried to use Netflix on my Mac when for some reason it doesn't work on the TV. It works fine for Safari, but Chrome, which is my default browser, results in jittery video, unwatchable. Admittedly, not MacOS's fault, but annoying nevertheless.

    I mean really if I have to switch browsers, when Youtube works everywhere is just ... wrong...

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