Netflix FINALLY Coming to Linux and Chrome OS

Reports are coming in that Google and Netflix will soon be announcing the availability of a Chrome Web Store App or Extension that will enable Chrome OS and other Linux-based distros running Chrome/ium to access Netflix’s streaming movie and TV show catalog without the need for Microsoft’s Silverlight plugin. According to a post on the Chromium site (now password protected | related), the HTML5 web app will most likely be announced at Google I/O. Lets hope so… May 11th is going to be a day of big Chrome OS announcements — most likely this is going to be one of them. [via / via]

UPDATE: It was just confirmed via a mention during the Chromebook presentation at Google I/O. No specific details on general availability were given. I’m guessing Netflix access will be available around the time Chromebooks hit retail: June 15th.

UPDATE – 7/30/11: Netflix Chrome OS [testing] Plugin Hits ver. 1.0.2

UPDATE – 8/9/11: Netflix App Hits the Chrome Web Store (Limited to Chrome OS on Linux)

UPDATE – 8/12/11: Netflix’s Chrome OS Plugin May Be One of Google’s First Native Client Examples

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16 Reactions to “Netflix FINALLY Coming to Linux and Chrome OS”

  1. Glad to hear this. Once netflix works well on Ubuntu it’s bye bye windows.

  2. David Eason says:

    So…what makes you think the Google implementation will not be closed source? Roku is also running Linux, is it not?

    • No matter if it is, really (just like with Adobe Flash). People just want it to work on Linux via their Chrome/ium browser. The Chromium dev page shows that the Netflix plugin is currently being tested with Chrome OS x86-mario on the Cr-48.

      • David Eason says:

        I appreciate the response. I haven’t really been following the project all that closely, but is it possible that this FAQ hinting that what’s available for Google Chrome OS may not be available for the Chromium OS?

        Because what I’d really like to do is make my own Chromium OS box running Linux and playing Netflix, I just hope it is going to be possible vs. something proprietary. Sort of like making your own Boxee/XBMC box but without having to use Windows (nothing against Windows, but it costs money :) )

        • The thought of Netflix only being available on Chrome OS due to its secure nature occurred to me as well. However, Netflix devs have been talking up their new HTML5 implementation for cross-platform compatibility for some time. Lets see what turns up in the next few months. I’m sure Netflix is aware that there’s a whole community of Linux users who’d love to get there service running on their platform.

    • Brendan Robert says:

      In all honesty, who CARES if the Google implementation is open source?  This is licensed DRM IP.  It sucks.  It’s nasty.  But if it breaks, I don’t want to be the one fixing it and so I really don’t WANT to know how it works.  Why? Because I pay a subscription every month to have a service that should “just work.”   I don’t frankly care.  And the studios don’t want me to know anyway because they don’t want people streaming their content into a semi-permanent storage format.  That’s all fine because I think of that service as an appliance.  If you still don’t trust it you could run the browser as a different user within a chroot jail so that it is walled off from your system, but you might as well start making tin-foil hats while you’re at it.  ;-)  If it gets me one step further from booting a XP virtual machine, so much the better.

  3. D says:

    just got off the phone with a rep from netflix  due to the we can’t stream due to silverlight crashing in ff (chrome,ie8&9) issue .he thinks it will still be silverlight/was told .
    i’m holding out hope but doesn’t look good .

    • That rep. doesn’t know what the heck he’s talking about. Plus, everyone is moving away from Silverlight. The Netflix engineers are favoring HTML5 solutions going forward.

      FYI, the open version of Silverlight, Moonlight ( ), will never be getting Silverlight’s DRM to run on Linux. It’s a known fact at this point. Highly doubtful Microsoft would port Silverlight proper to Linux.

  4. When. Is. This. Happening. Already?!

  5. I think the problem with DRM is the industry’s use of it.  DRM implementation controls how you use your computer, and what you can do on it.  Accidentally invoking the ire of DRM can cause your music player or entire system problems, even when no actual infraction has taken place.  DRM is bad because it is implemented by a prideful and wounded industry that thinks the best game plan is to make it harder for you to legally enjoy art.  

    Since half the Linux people uphold the ideology of free/ open source software, while the other half “just want it to work,” here’s my solution:

    The bundles of proprietary software and DRM doohickies should all have an on-off switch of sorts.  Turning DRM off on your linux machine would free your computer from all corporate control and restriction, at the price of reduced usability in matters such as Netflix.   The DRM capabilities of your browser, software or operating system would be deactivated and sealed off from the rest of the system, such that no operation is affected or thwarted by them.  One would ideally be permitted to turn DRM on and off indefinitely, unlike DVD region switching.

    • DRM is all Smoke and Mirrors true to proprietary software standards. A High school student knows how to configure PulseAdio Server on windows along with VNC of their choice go to full screen and record the movie on that machine or a remote machine on their network. If you transmit it on a network, which the internet is a network, if someone wants to copy it  they will. It’s that simple. DRM is nothing but a pain in the tuccas to people who would respect the copyrights anyways, and does nothing to limit a person’s ability to illegally copy the media if they so desire to break the law. When Netflix get’s tired of losing money due to their limiting their customer base, by limiting access based on their customers preferred Operating System then we will have Netflix on GNYU/Linux.  I can watch Netflix on my Android phone via Playon app (on phone) and Play Server downloaded to a Windows Machine. If someone could make that happen then making it work for a full fledged GNU/Linux workstation should be a no brainer. When they get their heads out of their ummm closet and realize their are customers waiting for their service to be available to them.

  6. Evan Tobin says:

    The plugin is out and it is a no go for linux

  7. Still waiting patiently for Netflix to work on my Linux system. May have to cancel my subscription soon. The movie selection just isn’t that good anyway.

  8. April Chesebro says:

    it sucks not having netflix on ubuntu. Please make it happen