[Discuss] Netflix and/or other streaming services on Linux?

John Blomfield jabfield at shaw.ca
Thu Nov 2 14:38:04 PDT 2017

Hi Alan,

I am sure that everyone has there own solution to media streaming on 
Linux. For what it's worth my own solution is as follows:

I don't have a smart TV so in order to watch services such as Netflix on 
my TV I need a media streaming CLIENT to connect my cable Internet to 
HDMI input on your TV. These media streaming clients run on any computer 
OS and media streaming software. These are often conveniently packaged 
in a little box such as marketed by Roku. I have Roku 3. Connection to 
the Internet may be Ethernet or wifi and to TV by HDMI. A remote 
controller is used to select channels etc. A smart TV has everything you 
need built in, no box required.

If you want to watch Netflix on you computer then you can do this using 
your browser. Nothing extra required. Just log in to Netflix.

If you want to watch movies or shows that you may have downloaded or 
have stored on you computer in say an MPEG4 files and you want to watch 
it on your TV you need a media streaming SERVER on your computer such 
Kodi (XBMC) open software. Some people run the Kodi client on a 
mini-computer box and there is also a black market of people selling so 
called Kodi boxes for those that do not know how to install Linux and 
Kodi software. This type of setup basically does the same as my Roku 3 
but without the copy-write restrictions.

My streaming usage of my computer is limited to just streaming files (eg 
mpeg4) to my TV and for that I use Serviio media streaming SERVER that 
works well on my current Fedora 26 OS. Serviio streams over my Ethernet 
network to my Roku 3 acting as a client.


On 11/02/2017 01:46 PM, Alan W. Irwin wrote:
> On 2017-11-02 11:54-0700 Darren Duncan wrote:
> [...]
>> I do plenty of Netflix etc and I don't think I've actually gone 
>> beyond 100-200GB/mo in actual usage.
> Hi Darren:
> For my entertainment needs, I have been pretty content over the years
> simply watching movies and TV shows via DVD and sometimes TV shows via
> Shaw TV, a converter box, and an old computer TV card.  And I have
> gotten all of this to work without issues on my Linux PC running
> Debian. However, from articles I have read it is pretty clear the
> Netflix streaming approach for supplying entertainment needs is now
> the dominant one or soon will be.
> If your remark above means you have gotten Netflix and other
> streaming services to work on Linux, can you refer me to a howto or
> some other documentation about how you set that up?
> Alan
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