[CentOS] Watching Netflix movies on CentOS

Sun May 4 16:43:55 UTC 2008
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

Bill Campbell wrote:
>>>  Apparently the problem with the Mac is the DRM again.  The studios are
>>> apparently all worried that people will keep copies of the old TV shows and
>>> movies downloaded.
>>>  I have an old Mac Mini that I would like to use to watch some Netflix shows
>>> on (better than sitting in front of a computer, or watching it on a small
>>> laptop), but until it is supported I can't.  The Mini is hooked up to my TV
>>> directly.
>> Quicktime absolutely supports DRM, so what's the problem?  It's a
>> cheap company that's looking to get the most bang for the littlest
>> buck.  It wouldn't have taken much to have their system ask for the
>> users choice of player (WMP or QT), so the other remaining issue is
>> time to convert films to digital format and storage.  Since the
>> conversion is probably automated it shouldn't have taken that much
>> extra time.  So the only issue is disk space, which means that Netflix
>> was too cheap to spend the extra money to store a QT version of the
>> films so they could get the Mac users.  From what I remember of the
>> Netflix downloads they were looking for a cheap way to get ahead of
>> Blockbuster.  They looked good, but they did as little as possible,
>> which included a limited availability of movies.
> Unless I'm missing something (entirely possible with video
> stuff), Macs have no problem viewing Windows media play files
> using the free flip4mac program.

Netflix has its own add-in to windows media player that probably 
provides the authentication.  I don't think it will work with anything else.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com