Friday, October 10, 2014

Watching Netflix on Linux Without Ubuntu

Ubuntu has just announced that you can use Ubuntu to watch Netflix. They make it seem like Ubuntu is something unique and Ubuntu is the only way you can watch Netflix on Linux.

I use the Mageia distro of Linux, so that Ubuntu-specific mojo won't work for me.

Thankfully, it's not Ubuntu, but the beta version of the Chrome browser that has implemented DRM extensions for HTML5 video (along with a recent version of the NSS library, which Mageia has). All one need do is spoof the User Agent in Chrome to make Netflix think it's serving the video on a Windows platform and you are watching Netflix!

1. Download and install Google Chrome beta from here.
2. Install the User-Agent Switcher from here.
3, Configure the User-Agent Switcher to spoof the user-agent as Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/37.0.2049.0 Safari/537.36 by adding it to the Chrome profile like this:



4. Log in to your Netflix account and enjoy the show.
5. No Ubuntu needed, just thank Nathan VanCamp.

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