Netflix?


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by faze » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:37 pm
I just setup my RPi on Rasbmc or whatever it's called. Question is can I get Netflix on this thing?

Also, aside from Netflix, if possible, what other fun stuff can I get?
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by pluggy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:41 pm
No.

Long answer, Netflix needs Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft don't even do a Linux version let alone an ARMv6 version.
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by faze » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:50 pm
No workaround period for that?
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by faze » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:50 pm
I guess I need to use Android if I want Netflix...

What other fun stuff should I get if I stick with XBMC? All I've done are map my network shares containing my media on my big server in my rack.
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by ghans » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:58 pm
You can watch Netflix by buying the PlayOn server
and having it running somewhere else. But i believe that
you will be limited to lower resolution IIRC.

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by liz » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:15 pm
I think the Plex guys are working on getting a Netflix/Hulu/etc. solution together for the Pi, but I'm not sure whether it'll ever see the light of day; the processor problem's a big one.
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by faze » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:21 pm
Yeah I figured CPU would be a barrier. Oh well. I'll just deal with my laptop and tablet for Netflix. So what other apps do you guys suggest then?
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by KenMacD » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:03 am
The processor isn't the problem because it runs on the Roku 2, which has the same processor.

Also it doesn't need silverlight, they have natively compiled libraries for Android.

Netflix could very easily support the Pi. They choose not to. My theory is that this is because of contracts requiring them to protect the video from their content distributors.

Please call/chat with Netflix and request they support the Pi.

PS: anyone have a firmware dump from the Roku 2?
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by ghans » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:00 am
Netflix chose not to support Linux on the desktop.
And the people trying to get the firmware of the Roku
(can't find the thread) realized that it was encrypted and signed.

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by KenMacD » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:28 pm
@ghans: Was the thread you mean viewtopic.php?p=14256 ? It includes a link for some image for the Roku 1, but that one uses a different processor. Also the signatures wouldn't matter because replacing the code on the Roku isn't useful.

I'm hopeful that enough people asking their support department about it will convince Netflix to release a package.
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by excollier » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:39 am
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by pluggy » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:24 am
If you watch carefully, its running under Wine, which means it isn't a Linux application, its a Windows one. And since it needs a Windows native processor (X86) it isn't going to work on the Pi.
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