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  • How bad do you want netflix in Linux?

    Original Article: http://www.berkeleylug.com/?p=99
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    How bad do you want Netflix on Linux? Do you want it enough to beg Microsoft for it?

    Miguel de Icaza recently revealed in his blog, http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2009...omment-9068857, that Netflix won’t be coming with Moonlight 2.0 (as was largely anticipated) unless Microsoft actively intervenes and ports its DRM stack to Linux.

    Miguel suggested that we put some pressure on Netflix and Microsoft directly, asking that they do this. There was a thread created on the Silverlight forum pleading with Microsoft to port its DRM stack over. So far, the responses on the thread vary between desperate sob stories and cookie cutter anti-MS attacks.

    What is the solution to this mess? Clearly, Netflix shouldn’t have chosen an engine that doesn’t have cross-platform support for its streaming video service. But, what can Linux Netflix users do now? Well, you could cancel your account, as many are suggesting. But, I like the Netflix regular disc service too much for that. You can run an XP virtual machine in VirtualBox. This works quite well. However, firstly, it isn’t really linux, and secondly, it doesn’t really help people running Boxee or MythTV (i.e. me). netflix_logo1

    Is it better to compromise our principles a bit to get a service we really want? Should we boycott Netflix until they change services? Perhaps we should just spin around in circles and cry because we are so confused… Ok, that is just me, again.

  • #2
    just stop paying them, and let them know why, and then get your stuff some other way...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Redeeman View Post
      just stop paying them, and let them know why, and then get your stuff some other way...
      The problem with your statement is the "some other way" part. There isn't a good other way to buy/rent any movie (not that Netflix has every movie available in watch it now) online that doesn't involve breaking the law.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jdeslip View Post
        The problem with your statement is the "some other way" part. There isn't a good other way to buy/rent any movie (not that Netflix has every movie available in watch it now) online that doesn't involve breaking the law.
        Get off your ass and support your local video store. I'd rather keep the money local and support people in my community by keeping the local video stores going and keeping local employment going.

        Netflix could die for all I care.

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        • #5
          I don't even know what Netflix is. And I don't even care to find out.

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