TV AND MOVIE STREAMING SERVICE Netflix is finally available to Ubuntu Linux users, thanks to Google's Chrome 37 web browser.
Until recently, streaming Netflix under Ubuntu was difficult owing to the digital restrictions management (DRM) imposed by the media cartels, and Microsoft Silverlight's lack of support for the Linux operating system.
However, we reported last month that support for the service in Ubuntu was imminent, which a Canonical blog post confirmed had arrived on Friday.
Canonical announced that Netflix was now available via Chrome 37, without any hacks or workarounds needed, thanks to the browser's support for HTML5 video playback with DRM, which means Microsoft Silverlight is not needed.
"Thanks to recent efforts at Netflix and Canonical, Ubuntu now supports watching Netflix with Chrome version 37. Chrome is available to all Ubuntu users with up-to-date installations of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS and later," the firm said.
"Netflix subscribers who already use Ubuntu can now watch simply by installing the Chrome browser.
"Netflix gives Ubuntu users the ability to watch TV shows and movies from many devices. Now Ubuntu users are able to easily join the millions of Netflix members worldwide in streaming their favourite content directly to their Ubuntu desktop."
It's unclear whether Netflix will add support for HTML5 streaming in browsers beyond Google Chrome, but we have put the question to the firm. µ
Looks like someone pressed the wrong button on the routing machine
Half-Life 3 VR anyone
Whilst some old favourites graduate to the main browser