[arch-general] Netflix in Arch?

David Rosenstrauch darose at darose.net
Sat Oct 11 14:52:03 UTC 2014

On 10/11/2014 04:19 AM, Sebastiaan Lokhorst wrote:
> 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.
> Sebastiaan
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encrypted_Media_Extensions

Very much so.  Thanks much for the update.

I'm a chromium user, so looks like I'll have to switch to chrome.


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