Netflix till date has very bad support, actually no support, for streaming in Linux systems. The core issue was the use of Microsoft’s dying Silverlight by Netflix, but Netflix announced their plans to move to HTML5. The switch to HTML5 gives Linux users some hope of running Netflix on their systems as they can play content from Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Google Play.
HTML5 playback has recently been added in the online movie streaming site, thus giving a ray of hope for GNU/Linux lovers.
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Although hackers have already made a workaround to stream Netflix videos in Linux machines, performance is generally low and video playback is not hassle free. Some workarounds include running the entire browser in Wine, or running a Silverlight plugin in Wine and make it compatible with the browser. But all of them come at a cost of performance. Switching to HTML5 from Silverlight will greatly reduce all these hassles, as all you will need is a latest standard compatible browser to stream movies and TV shows. This will also allow support for mobile devices and tablets which are adopting more HTML5 standards day by day.
However, keep in mind that HTML5 playback will possibly be locked by DRM, so this may be a great news for Linux users but not a great news for freedom lovers. But this will be a great step for millions of Linux users who would like to watch Netflix videos without switching to Windows.
A candid chat with Netflix support has been posted on Reddit which confirm that developers at Netflix are testing HTML5 playback for now.