Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical has recently updated the NSS library at Netflix’s request, so that the latest Ubuntu systems get native Netflix support.
Until now, the Ubuntu users that want to watch movies on Netflix had to add a custom user agent on their Chrome browser, but the latest Netflix update brought a new user agent that allows them to know what operating systems and browser are used.
So, to watch Netflix on Ubuntu and derivative systems like Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, Elementary OS, Deepin, Peppermint, LXLE or Linux Lite, all you have to do is perform a normal system update and install Google Chrome:
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
$ wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable
Now you should be able to watch Netflix on Google Chrome via the HTML5 option. If this does not work for your system, most likely, it’s an issue on the developer’s side.
This tweaks are not done only for Google Chrome, but the other browsers don’t have the DRM functions ready yet.