Pipelight is a way to emulate windows’ silverlight plugin right in your browser, meaning you no longer need to use that “Netflix-Desktop” app. This fix, which was designed for ubuntu, works flawlessly in Netrunner as far as I can tell, and it’s very easy to set up.
First, pop open terminal and run the following commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mqchael/pipelight
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pipelight
If you’re wondering, the first repo contains WINE patches that Pipelight relies on.
After you’ve done this, start (or more likely, restart) your browser and enter the following into the address bar:
If you see Silverlight on the list it means it went well! But we’re not quite done yet, you see, Netflix (and other streaming sites that use Silverlight) will try to detect your browser as well as the plugin, and if they detect an unsupported browser (protip: if you’re on linux it’s unsupported :P) you won’t be able to stream. The good news is, it’s easy to trick them into thinking your browser is supported! All you need is a User Agent Switcher.
If you’re using firefox, you’ll find a User Agent Switcher you can use here.
If you’re using chrome or chromium, you’ll find a User Agent Switcher you can use here.
Once you’ve added the User Agent Switcher, you can go into the extension’s settings and set it to always tell Netflix.com it’s something other than what it is (it’s best to use one of the Firefox on Windows User Agents).
P.S. This is my first post, so let me just say that Netrunner is my every day OS now on my desktop and I absolutely love it!