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The controversy: DRM in HTML 5
It is now possible to play Netflix video content on a Linux desktop natively, although only in the latest development versions of the Google Chrome browser. Why? What changed?
Earlier this year, the web standards body, the 'World Wide Web Consortium (commonly known as the W3C), controversially pushed forward its plans to introduce support for protected content (' DRM ') in HTML5 through the specification of call media encryption Encrypted Media Extension (EME).
For its part, Netflix announced last June that it will provide support for HTML5 video playback in Windows 8.1 and Safari (Yosemite only), using EME. As Google is one of the main supporters of DRM support without the need for plugins, Chrome natively supports EME.
Steps to follow to watch Netflix (HTML 5) on Linux
1.- Download the latest Google Chrome beta or Chromium (version 38).
2.- Change the user agent to something like: Mozilla / 5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64)
3.- Select the 'Prefer HTML5' option in your Netflix account (in the 'Playback Settings' section).
4.- Open Netflix.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS only
If you use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS it is also necessary to update the library 'libnss3' to a more recent version.
Once the file corresponding to your version of Ubuntu has been downloaded, you only need to extract it and install the .deb file using the following command:
sudo dpkg -i * libnss3