Silverlight keeps crashing when watching Netflix

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  1. mattdocs12345

    mattdocs12345 Registered Member

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    So I wanted to try watching netflix on Linux Mint 16.
    I followed these instructions.

    1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
    2. sudo apt-get update
    3. sudo apt-get install pipelight

    Then I installed User Agenet Overrider for my Firefox. I changed Fox to version 24 Windows.

    All looks fine, Sliverlight installed however when I play Netlix, it crashes after 1-2 minutes.
     
  2. Balthazar

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    I read something about HTML5 support for Netflix a while ago. Did you try that out?
     
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    How do you try that out?
     
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    I don't have a netflix account but I read that you should have HTML5
    support in playback settings. See here:
    http://imgur.com/XGu9G06

    It says "prefer HTML5 player instead of Silverlight." I don't know
    whether that applies for Linux and/or Windows.

    I don't use Flash anymore. I can watch youtube videos with HTML5 but
    unfortunately Hulu does not work without flash. I hope they will do
    something about that in the near future.
     
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    Yeah I have that checked but Netflix still asks me to install silverlight.
     
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    HTML5 on Netflix is restricted to IE11 in Windows 8.1 (for now) which has implemented the required spec.
     
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    Bummer! But thanks for clearing that up.
     
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    With any luck Chrome will implement it soon. (I don't really keep track of the development builds)

    The faster Silverlight dies the better. It should go away before flash due to it's lower popularity.
     
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    Let's hope it does. I really like HTML5 on youtube, it's working great. I use the firefox addon Youtube all HTML5.
     
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    Amazon Prime uses Flash, I don't understand why Netflix can't use Flash too. Yeah Silverlight needs a fast and painless death the kind that Net Neutrality got in the U.S.
     
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    I put LM 16 on my laptop alongside Windows 8.1 and have the same problem. Since it's all I really do on it, watch Netflix, I uninstalled.
     
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