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#1 2012-12-06 13:22:02

showan412
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Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

kind of a newb question, any solutions?


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#2 2012-12-06 13:41:07

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

A few weeks ago, it was in seemingly every linux blog on the web that they had figured out how to watch Netflix via Firefox and Silverlight through Wine(ick).

I would suggest a VM for Netflix.  In fact, I don't know if there's anything I wouldn't suggest before Wine.

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#3 2012-12-06 17:31:06

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

I use a a Windows XP VM for netflix.


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#4 2012-12-06 19:13:17

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

All though several people report having success watching netflix in VMs, my experience with it is less than stellar. I had somewhat clunky 1080p playback even though I had a fairly high end GPU at the time, and I even got a notice from netflix saying that they suspected I was pirating content. If you have the time and the knowledge, I would use this new wine/silverlight method that people recently discovered. It's far less resource intensive; Why virtualize a whole OS to do something that you can do by emulating a couple small apps? There's a howto here that is only two weeks old. Compiling it yourself is probably the more proper way to do it, however installing the Ubuntu PPA would probably also work too, seeing as how it's basically just a pre-compiled wine binary combined with a pre-compiled firefox and silverlight binary. You might need some wine related plugins to get audio and stuff working too though, not sure. I haven't messed around with it myself in debian, but the AUR package in arch works flawlessly.

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#5 2012-12-07 03:44:49

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

Here's a novel alternative: drive to a local independent video store; rent a DVD; rip a copy in case you want to watch it more than once.

Netflix is a nice thing, but - at least for me - it is one of those things that I didn't really miss once I made the move to Linux-based systems. smile

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#6 2012-12-07 14:15:18

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

R3nCi wrote:

Here's a novel alternative: drive to a local independent video store; rent a DVD; rip a copy in case you want to watch it more than once.

Two things:

1) Your suggestion would be considered illegal. Some people might not care to pirate content.
2) Not everyone lives in an area that has decent selections of videos. My "local independent video store" has about 200 videos on hand.  There are no competitors.

For people like myself, Netflix, Amazon Vido and the like are the way to go.

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#7 2012-12-08 03:03:01

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

schwim wrote:

Your suggestion would be considered illegal. Some people might not care to pirate content.

Apologies if my post caused any offense. I will turn 180 degrees and mention that the practice may be frowned upon in a strictly legal sense.
That being said, technically the only potentially legally troublesome part of the process is breaking the disk's encryption. If the disk is non-encrypted, you are fine. Otherwise, you are potentially violating a law which is enforced only extremely rarely.

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#8 2012-12-08 03:39:31

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

R3nCi wrote:
schwim wrote:

Your suggestion would be considered illegal. Some people might not care to pirate content.

Apologies if my post caused any offense. I will turn 180 degrees and mention that the practice may be frowned upon in a strictly legal sense.
That being said, technically the only potentially legally troublesome part of the process is breaking the disk's encryption. If the disk is non-encrypted, you are fine. Otherwise, you are potentially violating a law which is enforced only extremely rarely.

That's not quite a 180-degree turn. It's not "frowned upon in a strictly legal sense" -- it is illegal. And a law which is enforced only extremely rarely is nevertheless a law which you should not be encouraging someone to break.

On-topic, I use a Roku box for streaming content. Not a Linux solution, but it was cheap and it works well.

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#9 2012-12-08 04:58:21

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

pidsley wrote:

That's not quite a 180-degree turn. It's not "frowned upon in a strictly legal sense" -- it is illegal. And a law which is enforced only extremely rarely is nevertheless a law which you should not be encouraging someone to break.

Point taken.

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#10 2012-12-08 06:39:18

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

Ok, let's move on from the piracy debate. I'd hate to see this thread closed if it continued and the relevant point has been made. Piracy is illegal and doesn't have a place at these forums.

Thanks smile

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#11 2012-12-08 06:47:08

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

As mynis01 said, if you absolutely have to use Netflix then I would use wine over running a full O.S to watch a movie.  If using wine isnt an option or doesnt work for you then I would dual-boot Windows and #! rather than use VB.
You might get the video quality your looking for through VB but in my experience audio was the biggest issue. Between the popping (yes I know its a driver issue) and blue screens caused by actually installing the correct driver I finally said to hell with Netflix and fell in love with Amazon Prime. It works well with all of my Linux machines.

Good luck!

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#12 2012-12-11 07:29:29

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

allright, i'll give wine a try, thanks guys. and also, VM means Virtual machine.. right?


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#13 2012-12-11 13:40:55

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Re: Getting Netflix to work on Crunchbang

I installled the Netflix Desktop on the Ubuntu install that I'm using to test Steam.  It was painless and works fantastically.  It also uses it's own install of wine, so you don't dirty the waters of any wine install you might use to run other scripts.

It may be worth it to try installing the script into #!.

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