Thursday, January 17, 2013

Watching Netflix through Xubuntu 12.10


01-26-2013 Update: Netflix Desktop no longer works on my Xubuntu 12.10 PC. I noticed this problem this morning after downloading and installing updates to Xubuntu. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing Netflix Desktop, but this did not fix the problem.

Note: Please see Removing Netflix Desktop from Xubuntu 12.10

If I learn more, I will make additional updates. Meanwhile, please do not use the procedures below.

Until late in 2012, Linux users could not watch Netflix streaming videos. However, thanks to Eric Hoover's Netflix Desktop application, that has changed for users of Ubuntu and Xubuntu distributions of the Linux operating system. For more information, please see PPA for Netflix Desktop App.
Note: I developed the procedures below on my Xubuntu 12.10 PC. Please see also my Watching Netflix streaming videos through Ubuntu 12.10.
This document explains how to:
  1. Install Netflix Desktop
  2. Configure Netflix Desktop
  3. Run Netflix Desktop through its terminal
Note: This document applies specifically to Xubuntu 12.10, and generally to other Xubuntu releases.
Installing Netflix Desktop - To install Netflix Desktop on Xubuntu 12.10, do the following:
  1. As shown in Figure 1 below, click the white mouse (at the top left of the Xubuntu desktop) to display the Applications Menu, and then select Accessories.
  2. Click Terminal Emulator to display its Terminal window, type sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio, press Enter to display a password prompt, type your password and then press Enter to display a Personal Package Archive (PPA) message as shown in Figure 2 below.
  3. Press Enter and then wait for the $ prompt.
  4. As shown in Figure 3 below, type sudo apt-get update, press Enter and then wait for the $ prompt.
  5. As shown in Figure 4 below, type sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop and then press Enter.
  6. Configure Netflix Desktop according to the procedure below.
Figure 1 - Opening the terminal
Figure 2 - Adding the Netflix Desktop Personal Package Archive (PPA)
Figure 3 - Updating the PPA
Figure 4 - Installing Netflix Desktop
Configuring Netflix Desktop - To configure Netflix Desktop on Xubuntu 12.10, do the following:
    1. Install Netflix Desktop according to the procedure above.
    2. When you see the prompt (Do you want to continue [Y/n]?), type y, and then press Enter to display the Microsoft license-agreement window as shown in Figure 5 below.
    3. Use the Tab key to select (highlight) OK, and then press Enter to display the Do-you-accept-the-EULA-license-terms window.
    4. As shown in Figure 6 below, use the Tab key to select Yes, press Enter and then wait for the $ prompt.
    5. Type sudo netflix-desktop, press Enter, type your password, press Enter and then wait for the Wine Mono Installer window as shown in Figure 7 below.
    6. Click Install, and then wait for the Wine Gecko Installer window as shown in Figure 8 below.
    7. Click Install, wait for the terminal to stop updating its display, and then restart your Xubuntu PC.
    8. Run Netflix Desktop according to the procedure below.

    Figure 5 - Microsoft license agreement
    Figure 6 - EULA (User License Agreement) license terms
    Figure 7 - Wine Mono Installer window
    Figure 8 - Wine Gecko Installer window

    Running Netflix Desktop through the terminal - To view any Netflix streaming video on your Xubuntu PC, you need to use its command-line terminal. To run Netflix Desktop through the terminal, do the following: 
    1. Click the Applications Menu white mouse (upper left), select Accessories, and then click Terminal Emulator to open it.
    2. Type sudo netflix-desktop, and then press Enter to open Netflix. Note: Netflix Desktop always opens in the Firefox browser. This does not change your default browser; it remains that which you have chosen, such as Chromium.
    3. Press F11 to exit full-screen mode, and then click Member Sign In to display its dialog window as shown in Figure 9 below.
    4. Disable (uncheck) Remember me on this computer, enter your Email address and Netflix Password, click Continue and then select a video to Watch Instantly.
    5. After you finish watching your video. sign out of Netflix and then close its Firefox browser window.
    Figure 9 - Netflix member sign-in window


    3 comments:

    1. The installation went fine. I did get wine checksum errors indicating corrupted files. Then I got to the Netflix sign in screen, and was successful in signing in. After clicking on a movie to play, I just get a blank screen with no sound.

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    2. Benjamin - Thanks for your feedback. I hope that Xubuntu eventually again works with Netflix. Maybe a future Xubuntu update will help. I will keep trying to reinstall Netflix ocassionally. - Dave

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    3. I think it is the FireFox update. It is not displaying images. Therefore you cannot see the screen.

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