[OT] My first impressions of Chromebook

Roger Eller roger.e.eller at sealedair.com
Mon Jun 20 10:49:36 EDT 2011


On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> Chipp Walters wrote:
>
>> For those of you interested in Google's new, and fascinating Chromebook,
>> here's my first thoughts after spending the weekend with one:
>>
>> http://blog.chipp.com/**chromebook-first-impressions/<http://blog.chipp.com/chromebook-first-impressions/>
>>
>
> Good read, Chipp.  Thanks for posting that.
>
> On this item from your post:
>
>   There is no Netflix. Yet. For those of you hooked on Netflix,
>   it’s rumored to be in the works, but currently there is no
>   way to play Netflix. I suspect this is because the OS is
>   based on Linux and for some reason, Netflix has some specific
>   requirements which only run on MacOS and Windows and iOS.
>
> There are a number of threads in the Ubuntu forums about this.  Turns out
> it's because NetFlix' content providers require DRM systems like Microsoft
> Silverlight, which aren't currently supported on Linux and Linux derivatives
> like Android and Chrome OS.  Given how much money MS spends keeping Linux at
> bay, I doubt we'll ever see a Silverlight implementation for those
> platforms.
>
> Rumor has it that Netflix is in negotiations with their content providers
> to find alternative DRM methods which are more universally supported across
> platforms.  Apparently Netflix wants this to happen, but their providers are
> moving slowly.
>
> So with any luck we'll see Netflix available for Chrome OS and Linux in the
> coming months.
>
> Finger crossed.  I'm building a MythTV system for my home and the DRM issue
> is the only thing holding back our subscription to Netflix.
>
> --
>  Richard Gaskin
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>
Netflix > is < available NOW on a select few Android devices.  Some people
have figured out how to make it work on not yet supported devices by editing
what is essentially a plist-like file which tricks the app into believing it
is running on a 'chosen' device.  I must say, I love it on my tablet!!!!

~Roger



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