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#1 2018-01-05 17:58:07

dobl
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netflix on chromium

netflix on chromium anyone?
I'm on: Version 63.0.3239.84 (Developer Build) built on Debian 9.3, running on Debian 9.3 (64-bit)

I know this is that widevine DRM thing and we not on Arch to use AUR but maybe?

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#2 2018-01-05 20:59:10

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Re: netflix on chromium

sudo apt-get install chromium-widevine

and restart Chromium.


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#3 2018-01-06 16:16:03

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Re: netflix on chromium

Thank you, I was temporarily blind
But it is not enough, the same error.
I have only libwidevinecdmadapter.so in usr/lib/chromium, probably should also have libwidevinecdm.so copied from chrome and/or use some command line arguments. Unfortunately there are many reports with too many solutions on different platforms/versions etc., I'm watching from W10 now.
Chrome should work in BL but I prefer chromium from debian repo

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#4 2018-01-06 16:41:15

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Re: netflix on chromium

Is FlashPlayer installed and enabled?

I don't know about Netflix but BT Sport will play under chromium in BunsenLabs as long as Flash is running.


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#5 2018-01-06 16:43:15

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Re: netflix on chromium

no flash player. Netflix is HTML5 or Silverlight.

Last edited by dobl (2018-01-06 16:45:17)

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#6 2018-01-06 20:20:09

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Re: netflix on chromium

dobl wrote:

no flash player. Netflix is HTML5 or Silverlight.

You're right, there is a Debian bug https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … bug=874369 saying that the package chromium-widevine is garbage and essentially useless. This is Debian QA for you; the bug is probably fixed in Unstable.

I see two more options and some variations:

- Use Firefox and enable Widevine in it; it'll automatically download the binary plugin. However, some people report that Netflix doesn't work for them. It doesn't for me either, but my FF profile is >5 years old and not clean anymore (Firefox Nightly).
- Copy the Widevine .sos from the google-chrome package. This is not a good way because there can't be any updates.
- Install Google Chrome and use that to consume Netflix (it's what I do). If required, Google Chrome can be jailed using firejail:

sudo apt-get install firejail
firejail google-chrome

. This will limit the files Chrome can see in your home directory (only ~/.config and ~/Downloads and a cache directory IIRC) and on the system using namespaces/cgroups.
- You could also install Google Chrome and symlink the Widevine files into the Chromium plugin directory (the path to which you already know).


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#7 2018-01-06 21:43:29

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Re: netflix on chromium

Yep, thanks, still don't know how to search debian docs & bugs system optimally.

Just copied from chrome package 2 files as ad-hoc solution. These are binary blobs, copying is enough.
So one can use Chrome for Netflix or write a script which will download chrome periodically, extract those 2 files and copy them respectively.

What is interesting (or not here) is that in Xubuntu copying those files is not enough (also chromium had them both with strange small file sizes by default). Anyway before final handling of this problem I can use my BL more often...
Edit: problems in Ubuntu like are related to Ubuntu introduced user agent. In Ubuntu Chromium change of the user agent is additionally a must.

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