Netflix on Ubuntu 14.04

With many services today needing Silverlight to run web services and many people converting to Linux or refusing to use Windows or Macs it seems like you can’t enjoy those services. Here is a great feature for those of you that use Ubuntu and want to enjoy Netflix on your computer, once you set this up you will have the benefit for other services that require Silverlight.

Tip:
Before installing pipelight, we recommend closing your browsers, copy the information to a text editor so you know what to do or print it out. Not closing out your browser may cause the install to fail

Editing your apt sources

We first need to create a backup of our existing sources file, you just never know right?

  • Open a terminal
  • Backup your original sources file:
sudo mv /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.orig
  • Create a new sources file:
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Paste in the right Source entries from below
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
#                            OFFICIAL UBUNTU REPOS                             #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

###### Ubuntu Main Repos
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty main restricted universe multiverse

###### Ubuntu Update Repos
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-proposed main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-proposed main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-backports main restricted universe multiverse

###### Ubuntu Partner Repo
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu trusty partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu trusty partner

###### Ubuntu Extras Repo
deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu trusty main

Update and Upgrade

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Update and Distro Upgrade

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Install pipelight

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends pipelight-multi
sudo pipelight-plugin --update

The installation of pipelight/pipelight-multi will also install the Microsoft core fonts as they are required by Silverlight. If you don’t have them yet, you will be asked to accept a license agreement during the installation (Just press TAB and ENTER to accept it).

Enabling plug-ins

pipelight supports the additional plug-ins; to enable them, run the following:

Silverlight

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight

Flash

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable flash

Shockwave

sudo pipelight-plugin --unlock shockwave
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable shockwave

Unity Webplayer

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable unity3d

Widevine

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable widevine

npactivex

sudo pipelight-plugin --unlock npactivex
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable npactivex

Extra Plug-ins

For some of these you may get an error to unlock them. If you do, simply run the following command; make sure the change pluginname to the plug-in you want to install.

sudo pipelight-plugin --unlock pluginname

Adobe® Reader®
Popular PDF viewer on Windows

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable adobereader

Foxit® PDF Reader
Another PDF viewer

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable foxitpdf

Grandstream® Plugin
Plugin to connect to IP cameras

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable grandstream

Hikvision® Plugin
Another plugin to connect to IP cameras

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable hikvision

Roblox® Plugin
A web plugin to launch games created with Roblox

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable roblox

Vizzed Retro Game Room
A game console emulator for old games

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable vizzedrgr

Viewright® Caiway®
The ViewRight player in the Caiway edition (VOD service in NL)

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable viewright-caiway

Triangleplayer
Required to play the game “The Lost Titans”

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable triangleplayer

Unity® Web Player (64-bit)
64-bit version of the Unity Webplayer

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable x64-unity3d

Adobe® Flash® (64-bit)
64-bit version of Flash

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable x64-flash

If you get errors, you can run the following command to get feedback:

pipelight-plugin --system-check

Extra Tips

How to trick sites to thinking you are using platforms they are expecting, why easy of course…

  • FirefoxInstall UAControl or User Agent Overrider extensions and find an agent or setting that works with the site/service you want to use.
  • Chrome – Install User Agent Switcher extension and find an agent or setting that works with the site/service you want to use.

Let us know how this works for you in the comment section below.

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