I installed it on an older Ubuntu 10.04 box, and on a new Linux-Mint 14 Cinnamon installation, both with no problems.
I need to update this box now that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS support goes away this month but I tried 12.04 LTS. Unity is NOT an interface for developers at all. Even Google, which uses Ubuntu for Android development, is ambivalent about what to do. I like Mint but it's going to be tedious to cross upgrade. Canonical screwed the pooch. Unity is their Vista though I compare it to the Microsoft "Bob" flop.
Pipelight is the new answer to Netflix on Linux.
It's the real deal so far.
I've loaded it onto two boxes so far, a Linux Mint and ArchLinux build.
I've gotten it working well with both Firefox, Chrome and Chromium.
I didn't like Netflix-Desktop. I had problems with choppy video, and the browser was borderline unusable for anything else.
Pipelight just tags onto the Wine-Compholio build, and adds a plugin to your native browser and while Pipelight accesses Wine, it does everything in the background. So, the solution is very seamless and invisible.
This also makes it suitable for Redbox streaming and other streaming services using Silverlight.
You will have to add PPA (Personal Packages Archives) in order to install Netflix on Linux.
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
To install Netflix Desktop on Ubuntu and Linux Mint
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop
And I seem to recall the French show had no commercials before but was subjected to bunch of insipid ones this time.