NETFLIX IS COMING TO LINUX through HTML5 streaming in the Chrome web browser, and Ubuntu might soon have it available in its stable release.
Until recently, streaming Netflix under Linux was somewhat difficult due to the digital restrictions management (DRM) imposed by the media cartels. Google has made this easier in its Chrome web browser, however, so Linux distributions including Ubuntu are looking forward to making it available in stable releases.
The key to seamless Netflix streaming under Linux is installing an update to the Netscape Security Services (NSS) package. Some leading edge Linux releases like the upcoming Ubuntu 14.10 have the NSS update to version 3.17 already, and Ubuntu apparently is planning to include it in an update to the stable Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release fairly soon, OMG Ubuntu reports.
Paul Adolph of Netflix sent an email to the Ubuntu Developer mailing list to explain the situation. He said, "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."
Canonical's Marc Deslauriers replied, "I was planning on bumping nss to 3.17 in the stable releases as a security update the next time a security issue needs to be fixed, or to update the bundled CA certificate list."
He added, "I'm not sure when that is going to be, but I might take a look at it next week since it hasn't been updated in a while and a bunch of 1024-bit CA certs got removed recently."
So, it appears that Ubuntu Linux users who want to be able to watch Netflix without having to install Wine and Microsoft Silverlight might be able to soon. µ
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