[arch-general] Netflix in Arch?
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). This is
supported by all major closed-source browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari
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  for
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.
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