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Playing Netflix on Linux Mint

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Can Netflix be played on Linux Mint and if so can someone please point me to a guide or provide instruction on how to achieve this, if possible?

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I don't know the current situation but it used to work in chrome or chromium but not firefox but I've since read that firefox works as well now. Just try it and see what works.
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Works out of the box in Mint 19 for me. Just open up my favourite browser, Go to Netflix home page and log in.
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Hi bwana11,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

Yes, usually by enabling DRM in browser settings you can watch Netflix and other streaming services. Might have to restart browser.

While helping other Linux Mint people I came across this cool application too.

"qtwebflix" - A qt webengine program to watch Netflix and other streaming services
https://github.com/gort818/qtwebflix


Browser extension add-on - Netflix 1080p - Chrome Web Store
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... eennfbnmgp

netflix-1080p: Chrome extension to play Netflix in 1080p and 5.1
https://github.com/truedread/netflix-1080p

Hope this helps ...
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bwana11 wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:32 pm
Can Netflix be played on Linux Mint and if so can someone please point me to a guide or provide instruction on how to achieve this, if possible?

Thank You!
Hi,
I have spent the last few days getting Netflix to show in 1080p.
Firefox and Chrome on Mint is 720 resolution max.
Hours of research I found the media player KODI v18 will play 1080p Netflix.

- Kodi v18 "Leia" RC 4 (you need v18 or higher): https://kodi.tv/download
- Netflix plugin for KODI v18+: https://github.com/asciidisco/plugin.video.netflix
- install pycryptodomex
- install inputstream.adaptive
- Then open Netflix settings in KODI and log in to your Netflix account.

I hope this has helped.
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Hi bwana11, & Everyone Else Interested in this,

As Lampshade mentioned, there are various multimedia server applications like "Kodi", "Plex", and "Stremio", and probably others, that can also access and play Netflix and other streaming services.

The Easy Way to Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS - OMG! Ubuntu!
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/10/ple ... u-snap-app

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Stremio - All You Can Watch
https://www.stremio.com/

How To Install Netflix Stremio Addon – EverydayElectronics
https://everydayelectronics.com/2018/05 ... mio-addon/

The Best Stremio Addons for 2019 and some to Avoid | Comparitech
https://www.comparitech.com/kodi/best-stremio-addons/


Hope this helps ...
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Generally Chrome is the best Linux browser for compatibility with such things, chromium isn't anywhere near it. Google is big enough and actually has paid devs so they get better compatibility.

I rarely use anything but Chrome but others have, ahem, privacy concerns, which I don't usually but are legitimate.
I also have Vivaldi installed in case I do have privacy concerns with something.

Some want FOSS everything in Linux. I like open source software don't really care 100% about FOSS. But since HTML5 has rapidly taken over so much of the Web it's made that issue irrelevant for a browser. HTML5 has DRM built in, which is not FOSS and can never be. So you can't make a truly FOSS browser that the average user will use for more than a day or 2 without declaring it useless, and the tinfoil hat privacy wacko market isn't big enough to support browser development.

Or just install Chrome from a .deb, Vivaldi too (it's the only FF/Chrome alternative I ever had installed for more than 2 days), and Firefox if that turns your crank.
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My Mint Chrome combo has been rejected by Netflix in the last week. All my updates are up to date. Will there be a fix coming?
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Hi neilmurg,

I just tried Chrome 79, Firefox 73?, Vivaldi, and Brave (Version 1.2.43 Chromium: 79.0.3945.130 (Official Build) (64-bit)) browsers with Netflix and all but Vivaldi worked fine. Brave asked to install the "widevine" DRM drivers which I let it do, and it worked. Not sure if it matters, but in my browsers, I disable ad blocking and allow popups for Netflix and whitelist Netflix in "Disconnect" browser addon.

Hope this helps ...
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like in windows, but unistall and install firefox worked for me on 18.3
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Brand new to Linux Mint and this forum. So, take anything I say with a grain of salt. Hope this helps. Using the latest version of Firefox, attempt to play any Netflix video. You'll get a notification below the taskbar near the top of the browser to enable DRM which will auto install required content. There is no progress bar. I just let it sit for a while then relaunched Firefox and it works fine now.
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