Sep 22, 2014

NSS Updated To Allow Native HTML5 Netflix Playback In Ubuntu

A while back we wrote about enabling HTML5 playback for Netflix in Ubuntu, but that required updating NSS and using an user-agent extension in Google Chrome. Well, NSS 3.17 landed in Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 today and thanks to this, Netflix should soon use native HTML5 playback in Ubuntu, without requiring any tweaks.







Right now, the only tweak required to use Netflix with HTML5 playback in Ubuntu is to use a custom user agent in Google Chrome, but that won't be needed soon because a Netflix developer posted a message on the Ubuntu-dev mailing list a few days ago, asking if Canonical plans to update NSS to version 3.16.2 or newer and saying that if that happens, "Netflix would be able to make a change so users would no longer have to hack their User-Agent to play".



And with today's update, all the supported Ubuntu versions (12.04, 14.04 and 14.10 - currently in development) include NSS 3.17 so all that's left is for Netflix to add Ubuntu to their supported OS list, and Ubuntu users will have native Netflix HTML5 payback out of the box.



Of course, Google Chrome is still needed because Netflix HTML5 requires the Encrypted Media Extensions which are bundled with it.



If you don't want to wait until Netflix whitelists Ubuntu so it can use HTML5, see THIS article (skip to the user-agent part) for how to add a custom user-agent to Google Chrome so you can enjoy native Netflix HTML5 playback in Ubuntu today. Note that NSS 3.17 was just uploaded to the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories so it may take a while until it's synchronized with the mirror you're using.



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