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

Murray Strome wmstrome at shaw.ca
Sat Nov 4 19:22:05 PDT 2017

My son recently visited us and set up Netflix for using one of the four 
devices allowed under my grand-daughter's account. We have looked at the 
content briefly, but have seen nothing of great enough interest for us 
to abandon our Satellite TV service. If we were to make use of it, we 
might exceed our download limit from Shaw Cable, which would definitely 
not make it worth while.
On 2017-11-03 12:51 AM, Alan W. Irwin wrote:
> Thanks everyone for your contributions to the discussion so far
> which has been quite educational for me.
> Since it looks like Netflix is straightforward to access on Linux, I
> have gone a step further and looked at Netflix TV show content, and it
> turns out they give you access to a lot of shows, but they don't
> happen to cover the few drama shows I am currently interested in and
> their coverage of sports (I am particularly interested in baseball) is
> weak.
> So it turns out there is no compelling reason for me to subscribe to
> Netflix now, although eventually I probably will subscribe to it for
> their movies (even though I am pretty happy currently watching movies
> on DVD's).  After that I will likely discover some TV drama shows they
> make available that I like as well.  And I might also find a sports
> streaming service that I like.  However, so far the advertisements I
> have seen for such sports streaming (e.g., MLB streaming) seem
> wrong-headed to me since instead of relying on Linux-friendly standard
> protocols such as HTML5 they instead want you to install their special
> proprietary apps (which likely do not work on Linux) on your computer
> to stream their content. So it appears it is going to be quite a while
> before I abandon my current rather arcane method (digital converter/TV
> analog card) of watching TV shows such as Sportsnet coverage of the
> Jays season (sob) and the World Series.
> Alan 

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