Breaking: Netflix now runs on Linux without tweaks


Beginning of an era!

Netflix now runs on Linux without any tweaks or work-around what so ever. I just noticed it when I installed a new Ubuntu system (14.10), with Chrome Beta 39.x Chrome 38 stable and out of curiosity opened Netflix. It worked flawlessly. No agent switcher required anymore. Which means Netflix engineers have implemented the changes that Paul Adolph from Netflix proposed to Ubuntu developers:

Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed. If this version is generally installed across 14.02, Netflix would be able to make a change so users would no longer have to hack their User-Agent to play.

Ubuntu developers responded swiftly and within a few dates pushes the updates. The ball was in Netflix’ court and it seems the tweaks have been made at Netflix’ end.

How to get Netflix on Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution? Just updates nss package so that it is higher than 3.16 and get beta version of Google Chrome browser. Then log into Netflix and from playback settings choose HTML5 playbak.

I tested it on openSUSE (rolling release with nss updated), Kubuntu 14.04 and Arch Linux; it’s working.

This is huge development for Linux as Netflix was one of the missing links. Soon Linux users may also be able to ‘stream’ Photoshop through Google Chrome.

Swapnil Bhartiya
A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005. You can follow him on LinkedIn , Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Harold J. Wolfe

    And Ubuntu 14.10 is not even out yet….
    The hidden tweak!

    • Bob

      works fine in Linux Mint 17 with chrome 38 and Arch Linux, Debian Sid/testing Opensuse 13.1, Fedora 20/21, and many more

  • Chad McCullough

    I’ve been testing Lubuntu 14.10 with Chrome 38.0.2125.101. Just opened up Netflix and started Deep Space Nine. Works like a charm. I didn’t even think to test this. :-)

  • Edivaldo Bezerra Brito
  • Orbmiser

    Netflix now runs on Linux without tweaks Not unless I run Chrome as a Firefox user than No Netflix doesn’t run on my Linux setup. As running Linux with Firefox and No Netflix for me. This is more of an app issue than a linux issue.

    Title is misleading.

    • arnieswap

      The problem is at Firefox’s end as they are not willing to implement EME in the browser which allows DRM restrcited content.

      • Orbmiser

        Yep true enough. Was just pointing out that title is misleading as more an app issue than linux issue. Show me a Netflix app that runs on any flavor of linux then would say the title fits.

  • Enrique Castillo

    is good for linux, besides who would not like to see movies fluently like a PS3 system?

  • Connor Doherty

    BAD! Native Netflix support means native Digital Restrictions Management!