Bad News Watching Netflix on Raspberry Pi
For many people they would be interested in buying a Pi just so they can watch Netflix on Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately, I don’t think Netflix will work on the Raspberry Pi yet because Netflix doesn’t support Linux system. However there are solutions to some Linux platforms:
But this solution relies on WINE, which is a emulator of Windows OS For Linux and Mac.
Why Netflix Does Not Work on Raspberry Pi?
Some people keep arguing it must be the processor architecture. Actually the processor isn’t the problem because it runs on the Roku 2, which has the same/similar processor.
Also it is not silverlight either. Netflix has natively compiled libraries for Android which does not need silverlight.
Netflix could very easily support the Pi but they choose not to. My guess is that this is because of contracts requiring them to protect the video from their content distributors. The more channels you open, you more risk you need to take I guess?
Netflix on Raspberry Pi Solutions?
First solution would be keep bugging Netflix to support Raspberry Pi, which seems very hopeless.
Second solution would be installing a different Distro/OS on the Raspberry Pi, that supports Netflix. This would be our best bet.
Android, OTOH, is ARM based and does have Netflix software written for it and that would work on the Pi. But we are still waiting for an Android port for the Pi. There are people currently working on getting that port.
There is no question that the Pi hardware can handle Netflix. But you have to have an OS that supports Netflix in order to do it. That’s why I said Android is the best bet. There is already an Android app for Netflix.