Sunday, June 15, 2014

Netflix & Amazon Prime Video in Ubuntu 14.04

Pipelight uses a patched version of WINE to install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin used by Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Pipelight automatically installs, configures and updates all the necessary components and dependencies for video playback. Once installed Silverlight will behave just like any other normal browser plugin. In order to watch Netflix and and Amazon Prime Video after installing Pipelight, you will need to set Firefox to spoof a compatible User-Agent String. Once configured playback works seamlessly.

Add the Pipelight's Ubuntu Personal Package Archives (PPA)
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
Update your system
sudo apt-get update
Install Pipelight and the necessary dependencies
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends pipelight-multi
Update the Pipelight plugin
sudo pipelight-plugin --update
Enable Pipelight for every user on your system
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight
Install the Firefox add-on UAControl. There are other add-ons that work but UAControl  works automatically. If you can not get UAControl working for you, you can try another method.

To access UAcontrols preferences either navigate to Tools>Add-ons or use the key combination Cltrl+Shift+A

Click Add Site and enter the website you want to send a specific user-agent string
And use one of the following user-agent strings:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:15.0) Gecko/20120427 Firefox/15.0a
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:22.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/22.0
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:23.0) Gecko/20131011 Firefox/23.0

On my Dell XPS 13 the first string works for playback, on my desktop the second string works. Don't be discouraged. Try each string after restarting your browser until you find one that works.