[arch-general] Netflix in Arch?

Sebastiaan Lokhorst sebastiaanlokhorst at gmail.com
Sat Oct 11 08:19:49 UTC 2014

Just because there still seems to be some confusion:

Plugin-free Netflix requires Embedded Media Extensions (EME).[1] This is
supported by all major closed-source browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari
and Chrome.
This includes Chrome on Arch (available in the AUR), without the need for
any user-agent hacking or plugins.

EME however requires a closed source component, therefore it is NOT
available in open-source browsers, such as Chromium and Firefox, and likely
_never_ will be.
In the future, it might be possible to use some kind of closed-source
plugin to support this in open-source browsers, but there is none at the
moment. (there was some discussion about this with Firefox, see [1] for
more details)

So basically, at the moment you have two options to use Netflix on Arch:
(1) install a closed-source browser (i.e. Chrome) with EME, where it will
work out-of-the-box, or (2) install a open-source browser with all kinds of
hackery such as Pipelight.

I hope that this clears things up.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encrypted_Media_Extensions

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