Netflix had been a bugbear of Ubuntu in the USA for a while now. I’ve long suspected a conspiracy was at work in Netflix to stop Ubuntu and other Free Desktops having access to their watch instantly service. Since ya know, they seem to have no problems with ChromeOS, Roku, Android or a bazillion other Linux distributions that don’t sun silverlight.
Only Saturday I was installing Ubuntu for someone and the one question that added doubt to their experience was Netflix watch instantly support.
So onto the good news. Over at iHeartUbuntu they’ve packaged up their wine implementation of Netflix running through Firefox. Really it doesn’t matter what wrapper or other crap is used for this, having support that is easy enough to install and quick enough to execute is the main point.
This package sorts everything out and puts an icon in the right place. That’s exactly what we needed. The performance on my machine is 80% of what it needs to be, but I’m confident that with a little more work it can be improved into something that really helps Ubuntu adoption and get over that chasm.
Have you tried it?Tags: netflix, ppa