Native Netflix support could be coming to Ubuntu soon

Brittany A. Roston - Sep 19, 2014, 7:00pm CDT
Native Netflix support could be coming to Ubuntu soon

Ubuntu could finally be seeing native support for Netflix in the near future, according to some emails that have been flying around this week. The video streaming service’s Paul Adolph seems keen on making it happen, and he has been asking some questions to get the ball rolling.

According to OMG Ubuntu, Adolph sent a message to the Ubuntu Developer mailing list saying that “Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed.” NSS being the Network Security Services library.

He said if the aforementioned version is installed across Ubuntu, Netflix could tweak things a bit allowing those running the OS to use Netflix without changing their user agent, which is the workaround in place for many. He asked how they could go about ensuring the needed NSS version was pushed into the update stream.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS uses NSS version 3.15.x presently, but Canonical has announced that the version will be boosted when the next security update is released, which could be as soon as the next couple of weeks. As a result, Adolph said he is going to bring up “a case” for removing the user agent filtering once the update is pushed out.


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