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Reader Mark discovered that Netflix streaming works on the Chrome browser (without any hacks):
I'm not sure when Netflix streaming started working on Chrome (I mainly use Firefox), but the Netflix website says streaming requires IE or Firefox.
September 28, 2010 | Permalink
Silverlight works with Chrome, but is not officially supported by Netflix.
September 28, 2010 at 03:34 AM
It's always worked in Chrome as far as I know.
My Sister uses Chrome.
I am still using Firefox. Leaning toward Chrome. However some add-ons aren't on Chrome yet. Then again Chrome has some add-ons not on Firefox.
The browser wars is awesome & nuts. Can't wait for hardware accelerated browsers.
September 28, 2010 at 04:00 AM
Yeah, I think Chrome has been working with Netflix screening for some time now. I've been using Chrome as my primary browser for at least the past 6 months and I've not had a problem with Netflix streaming.
September 28, 2010 at 04:41 AM
Yeah, I've been finding myself on Chrome more often of late, simply because with similar add-ons it is a bit faster than Firefox and less 'kludgy'. However, the Firefox that uses video card acceleration looks like a huge winner.
September 28, 2010 at 05:18 AM
over a year at least
Larry Dallas |
September 28, 2010 at 05:18 AM
Well, maybe it worked in Chrome for Windows, but on the Mac version, which is what I am using, it hadn't worked until I tried it yesterday.
This is the Mark from the tip.
September 28, 2010 at 07:50 AM
Yeah it must have been the Mac port, because I've been streaming Netflix on Chrome (Win7) for quite a while now. I'm guessing it has something to do with Silverlight support on the Mac version.
September 28, 2010 at 08:16 AM
Well, I'm both a Windows and Mac user and have been using Netflix streaming on Chrome for a while now (on the PC). It doesn't work on the Mac though as Mark said.
September 28, 2010 at 08:26 AM
I've been using Chrome to stream Netflix since May when I signed up. I didn't know that was unusual.
September 28, 2010 at 08:35 AM
I never had a problem until I tried the dev channel version of Chrome and it didn't work. Then I switched back to beta and it worked again.
September 28, 2010 at 09:15 AM
Nothing new, it's been working for a long while as others pointed out. I do believe at one point I had to use the IE extension with Chrome for Netflix but haven't used it in a good while.
September 28, 2010 at 09:16 AM
For quite a while now...I've never had an issue in chrome for as long as I can remember.
September 28, 2010 at 01:36 PM
The reason Netflix doesn't support Chrome is that sometime Chrome will open up multiple streams of a movie which will cause the user not to be able to start another movie until the streams expire.
September 28, 2010 at 02:07 PM
Hmm. Only a few weeks ago, I tried streaming on my Mac in Chrome, and it didn't work. Then, after this article, I tried it again, and it DID work. Strange.
The only thing is, Chrome seems to use almost twice the CPU resources than Safari while streaming. So, I think I'll still use Safari for streaming, at least for now.....
Joe Besser |
September 28, 2010 at 04:26 PM
I've been using Netflix on Chrome for AT LEAST 6 months now. This is nothing special, nor new.
September 28, 2010 at 04:42 PM
Netflix hasn't always worked on Macs with Chrome. I hadn't checked in a few weeks, but Saturday I tried and it worked. So it is new and maybe even special to Mac users.
September 28, 2010 at 06:14 PM
it can also cause issues with identifying the computer as new each time a movie is played, reaching the 6 device limit quickly.
September 28, 2010 at 07:39 PM
I have been using Chrome to watch Netflix since Chrome started supporting SilverLight ( about 10 months ago).
September 28, 2010 at 07:58 PM
It always worked for me. I'm a firefox user but I usually use chrome to watch netflix because it's faster.
September 29, 2010 at 03:22 PM
HA! Just watched the BBC version of HGTTG last night. Still think it's one of the best things I've ever watched. Good taste, Mark!
September 30, 2010 at 10:34 PM
A WARNING TO CHROME USERS: Each tab in Chrome is considered a "Sandbox" or virtual computer, meaning it identifies itself as a separate machine to outside servers. This is good for security reasons, but on Netflix's side, because each tab displays as a new machine, it will try to store the random ID for that "virtual computer" in your account as an active device if you play back a movie in the tab. Once you have reached a maximum number of devices on your account (I think its 6), the Netflix system will block all future attempts to play back a title until a device ID is deactivated from your "Manage Netflix ready devices and computers" link in the "Your Account and Help" page on your account. Just a heads up!
October 01, 2010 at 12:40 PM
Bilo and fyi:
I am a power user of tabs in Chrome (32 open right now) and have never had a problem with Netflix recognizing one computer as multiple devices. I have been streaming Netflix movies in Chrome for months.
Using Chrome, when I open multiple tabs to attempt to stream additional movies, I am presented with this message:
"Multiple Play Error
There is already a title playing instantly on this system. To resolve this problem, close all open browsers and then try opening a new browser window and starting again."
October 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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