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    Default Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    Hi,
    I have read quite a few disjointed posts about getting Netflix running on Open Suse 13.1. Is there a definitive guide anywhere online that takes you step by step through the process from beginning to end?
    I had to move back to Ubuntu 13.10 due to Netflix not working, which was a deal breaker for me. However, Open Suse 13.1 is so goundbreaking that I really want to use it as my distro of choice.
    Is anyone still having problems getting Netflix to work? I'm scared to start installing it again unless I'm fairly confident I can get netflix to work.
    Any advice appreciated,


    Tim

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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    On Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:36:02 +0000, tm2383 wrote:

    > Hi,
    > I have read quite a few disjointed posts about getting Netflix running
    > on Open Suse 13.1. Is there a definitive guide anywhere online that
    > takes you step by step through the process from beginning to end?
    > I had to move back to Ubuntu 13.10 due to Netflix not working, which was
    > a deal breaker for me. However, Open Suse 13.1 is so goundbreaking that
    > I really want to use it as my distro of choice.
    > Is anyone still having problems getting Netflix to work? I'm scared to
    > start installing it again unless I'm fairly confident I can get netflix
    > to work.
    > Any advice appreciated,


    Some people have had success with pipelight, but IMHO the thing to do is
    add your voice to the crowd complaining to Netflix about their lack of
    Linux support.

    The only way we're going to get a /real/ Linux solution is to let them
    know we exist, rather than trying to work around their limitations.

    Otherwise, every time they change something, they're going to break it
    for Linux users who have worked around the problems. Those changes will
    affect Ubuntu users as well as openSUSE users.

    Jim

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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    On 12/09/2013 05:54 PM, Jim Henderson wrote:
    > On Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:36:02 +0000, tm2383 wrote:
    >
    >> Hi,
    >> I have read quite a few disjointed posts about getting Netflix running
    >> on Open Suse 13.1. Is there a definitive guide anywhere online that
    >> takes you step by step through the process from beginning to end?
    >> I had to move back to Ubuntu 13.10 due to Netflix not working, which was
    >> a deal breaker for me. However, Open Suse 13.1 is so goundbreaking that
    >> I really want to use it as my distro of choice.
    >> Is anyone still having problems getting Netflix to work? I'm scared to
    >> start installing it again unless I'm fairly confident I can get netflix
    >> to work.
    >> Any advice appreciated,

    >
    > Some people have had success with pipelight, but IMHO the thing to do is
    > add your voice to the crowd complaining to Netflix about their lack of
    > Linux support.
    >
    > The only way we're going to get a /real/ Linux solution is to let them
    > know we exist, rather than trying to work around their limitations.
    >
    > Otherwise, every time they change something, they're going to break it
    > for Linux users who have worked around the problems. Those changes will
    > affect Ubuntu users as well as openSUSE users.
    >
    > Jim
    >


    Netflix's upcoming decisions (required) aside... the existing Netflix solution
    is really just a wine hack (which isn't necesarily that much of a "hack", just
    makes the Windows browser support work as an apparent "app", though it's really
    a browser) AFAIK. I use it under 12.3 without issue. Haven't tried 13.1.

    With that said, I don't use it much and prefer to use Roku as my front end. Even
    Netflix under Linux does work, it's not quite as smooth... but most people won't
    care.

    If DRM for HTML5 were a reality... we'd have Netflix support in Linux in a
    heartbeat... just saying... the only other alternative is flash (what Amazon
    uses)... which is somewhat crippled in Linux.




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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:22:14 +0000, Chris Cox wrote:

    > If DRM for HTML5 were a reality...


    I understand that it's part of the standard now....

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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    On 12/09/2013 10:30 PM, Jim Henderson wrote:
    > On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:22:14 +0000, Chris Cox wrote:
    >
    >> If DRM for HTML5 were a reality...

    >
    > I understand that it's part of the standard now....
    >
    > Jim
    >


    I thought it wasn't properly "baked" yet... We'll see.


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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    This is what I did to get netflix working under openSUSE 13.1 (64bit)

    First I added this repo via here:
    http://software.opensuse.org/package/pipelight
    with a one click install

    (the one I have is the rbos repository:
    Index of /repositories/home:/rbos:/pipelight/openSUSE_13.1)

    Which installed these packages:
    pipelight
    wine-pipelight
    wine-gecko
    wine-pipelight 32bit
    (most of these came up as dependencies)

    after pipelight was installed I had to restart my browser (in my case google chrome is my primary)
    which installed silverlight
    However to actually get anything to play I needed a user agent switcher, the one I use is called User-Agent Switcher and it can be installed in the chrome store
    For firefox I had to install the user agent overrider extension.

    Do note:
    the mixed results of playing netflix are all over not just in openSUSE.
    I cannot get it working on older machines but on newer ones with more then one core processor it does fine

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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    Using Richard Bos (rbos)'s pipelight packages. Does the trick for Netflix, no issues at all. This on 13.1 64bit.
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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:52:18 +0000, Chris Cox wrote:

    > On 12/09/2013 10:30 PM, Jim Henderson wrote:
    >> On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:22:14 +0000, Chris Cox wrote:
    >>
    >>> If DRM for HTML5 were a reality...

    >>
    >> I understand that it's part of the standard now....
    >>
    >> Jim
    >>
    >>

    > I thought it wasn't properly "baked" yet... We'll see.


    It might not be, I think what I heard was that someone in authority over
    HTML5 (Tim Berners-Lee, I think) said that DRM would be included in the
    specification.

    Jim



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    Default Re: Netflix on 13.1 (64 bit)

    Thanks for the comments and especially for the step by step instructions to get Netflix working on Open Suse 13.1. I took a chance on reinstalling it and got everything working perfectly by following your instructions

    Thanks again!

    Tim

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