Good news and bad. Netflix is now available as a web app for Chrome OS through Google’s Chrome Web Store [Twitter announcement]. Bad news is that it does not support other Linux-based operating systems that can run Google’s Chrome browser at the moment. The web app also appears to be working fine with Windows and Mac OS X as well. Something tells me Netflix is going to be getting an earful from the Linux community until this is resolved. Honestly, it’s quite a disappointment for those of us on Linux who have been waiting patiently for the company to show us some love. What’s curious is… how is this web app working on Chrome OS? Did Chrome OS get Silverlight plugin support and this is the reason other Linux distros aren’t supported? Quick way to check on the Cr-48 Chromebook — type about:plugins in the address bar.
UPDATE 1: my Cr-48 with the latest Chrome OS update shows a plugin called Netflix - Version: 1.0.2 (it comes direct from Google). Next step… see if some Linux hackers are able to copy this particular Chrome plugin from a Chromebook and install it to their Chrome running Linux distro of choice.
MIME type: application/x-ppapi-netflix Netflix 1.0.2
Tags: Chrome, Chrome OS, Linux, Netflix
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