How to watch Redbox and Netflix television shows and movies on Ubuntu with Wine.
Posted: February 2, 2013. At: 10:31 PM
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/01/how-to-watch-lovefilm-redbox-instant-or-netflix-on-ubuntu. This posting on the OMG Ubuntu website explains in detail how to watch Netflix, Lovefilm and Redbox films and television shows with the Ubuntu 12.10 Linux distribution. This involves using a version of Wine to run the necessary software. You would think that this process would be easy on an Ubuntu distribution right now; but the preponderance of proprietary solutions out there means that this is not always the case. It is good though that this is available now for GNU/Linux. Now we only need the content providers to make content available in countries like Australia. There are solutions like Hulu that allow Internet users to watch television shows online, but this is blocked in my country. That is another thing that needs to change to allow more users to watch on-demand television and movies online. Having Netflix and Redbox available on Ubuntu is a good move, with the release of Ubuntu TV this will make Ubuntu a good choice for users that want a secure and reliable solution for watching multimedia content without worrying about viruses and malware spoiling their day. The main thing is that the Microsoft Silverlight plugin is not available on Linux, this is due to Microsoft insisting on proprietary solutions for content delivery.
But at least there is a solution to this whole mess that can open up the world of Netflix and Redbox to the users of Ubuntu Linux distributions.