I've been waiting for this since Netflix started. I've been a sullen paying customer for about 7 years now. Tonight, I'm a happy subscriber! Forget doing this in a VM, (laggy, unwatchable, and you need to install a compatible OS besides) and for that matter Wine as well! No more Wine!!! If I was a hog, I'd be rolling in the mud squealing!!!
So, first thing you have to have is either the beta version or the dev version of Google Chrome.
These are the links for whichever version you go with. I chose the 'beta' version;Google Chrome BetaGoogle Chrome Dev
If you already use this browser, please be aware that by installing either of the two above versions will overwrite you current install. Once you have it installed, you'll need to open it and follow these steps using whichever browser you chose above, obviously!
Once you have installed the browser, you'll need the User Agent Switcher Extension
Once you have that installed, you'll see a new icon at the top right of the browser window. Right click on it and choose 'Options'. Your browser window will change and you'll need some information to fill in the appropriate blanks.
- Name: Netflix Linux
- String: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2114.2 Safari/537.36
- Group: (is filled in automatically)
- Append?: Select ‘Replace’
- Flag: IE
The above is the info you need to fill in the blanks. When your done you should see something like this if it all went right; (the Group box should be filled automagically after you enter the string, just click in the 'Group' box for it to autofill.)
Click the ‘Add’ button at the far end to save your UA.
Now, load ‘netflix.com‘ in a new tab, and click the User-Agent Switcher toolbar icon, click ‘Chrome’ and select the ‘Netflix Linux’ entry. This will reload the page.
BUT, this is even better, you can fix it so it does all this automatigically so you don't have to manually click the button everytime you want to watch Netflix.
You can set a permanent spoof rule to force this user-agent to take effect when loading Netflix:
Same deal, right click the button at the top right in the browser, click on 'Options', and select 'Permanent Spoof List'. Fill in the domain box with "netflix.com" (no quotes) and in the drop down box select the 'Netflix Linux' rule you created at the beginning. Voila! This will work on 32bit and 64bit versions of VSIDO.
Enjoy TV on your most awesome distro, VSIDO! OK, I'm off to watch an episode of "Caprica"!Please note that Netflix could at any time stop this "Spoof" from working. As it is only one line of text, that seems unlikely to me, but stranger things have happened
I also believe special thanks are in order to Mat Enders
for these steps.
Also thanks to, wait for it, never thought I'd be saying this, OMG! Ubuntu