As best as I can tell, this doesn't really get you anything like being able to "archive" content. And with Netflix apps available on BD players and settop boxes and even in TVs, I doubt this issue actually matters to anyone anymore, but it's an interesting achievement.
Should run the same speed as on Windows, as it's not in a VM, nor is WIne an "emulator"- it runs Win binaries directly, with original libraries or Wine alternatives.
A nice side effect is that you get Firefox for Windows with Silverlight installed for you, which should allow any site requiring Silverlight to work on Linux now- though moving forward, Silverlight will die like Flash
Sets a nice precedent in any event.
If it works, this could pave the way to resolve any remaining Win apps that prevent people from switching to Linux, as the installer automatically grabs the patched Wine with Win Firefox/Silverlight and appears to install automatically everything needed.
WIne supports multiple independent installs using "Prefixes", so that Win apps requiring special settings or hacks to Wine like this won't affect a working existing Wine setup.
Still an important development, as anyone running Ubuntu/Linux on notebooks/netbooks on the road now have an option.
...and netbook/notebook viewing in the loo/on the porcelin throne
But seriously, people now use their netbooks/notebooks/tablets as mobile/portable "TV's" around the house.
I'd still call the thing in the "alpha" stage. So, I'm definitely looking forward to further development. I'd love to ditch my virtual machine, it's the last thing tying me to Windows.
I've always noticed choppy video playback on Linux when using Firefox. I moved to Chrome, and much better. Granted that issue revolved around Flash. So, I'm wondering if their choice to go with Firefox, (not like they have much choice) could be a contributor.
Just thinking out loud.
Edit: Well 24 hours later, it's alot more choppy, Now looking for a 720p apple tv for cheap (my display is only 720p).
Netflix Ubuntu Desktop-
I know this is old, but I used this method on my Mint 15 notebook
I don't have any choppy issues, but I'm using this on an i5-3320M running 1600x900
I might have used an out of date install method http://linuxg.net/how-to-install-netflix-desktop-0-8-7-on-ubuntu-14-0413-1013-0412-1012-04-linux-mint-16151413-pear-os-87-and-elementary-os-0-2/
Works really well though
Sounds like Netflix runs as well as Windows with Pipelight per reports.
Installation Instructions: http://fds-team.de/cms/pipelight-installation.html
If you want to compile Wine on your own (not needed for the Ubuntu packages):
Wine Patches + Instructions: http://fds-team.de/cms/pipelight-compile-wine.html
Thanks everyone for the tips, though I do wonder if the choppiness others experienced was weaker hardware
I've played with Pipelight on several different pieces of hardware, from AMD CPU's, APU's, Nvidia graphics, and now an Intel G2030 with integrated graphics. The G2030 is the weakest of them all, and it plays the best.
I'm using Arch Linux, so I pretty much stay bleeding edge on updates. I say this because I've noticed the Pipelight config file (~/.config/pipelight) is dramatically different than when I first started playing with it during initial release. Shows me developers are actively working on integration with various hardware. Most of the changes revolve around hardware acceleration and how Pipelight handles the hardware.
I used to run Netflix through a virtual machine and I'm getting better playback now than I did through the virtual machine.
I hope this is the right place for this question:
I use the plugin "Hola" to change my IP region location in order to get Netflix content from Europe on our other devices. I can't seem to "tab" over to it to select it now that it's installed on my Ubuntu machine.
Any suggestions would be great,