If you have a Netflix account and a Linux PC, you have no doubt encountered the fact that Netflix does not run on Linux natively. However, until recently I was stuck always taking out my Android tablet or borrowing my sister's Windows (*shudders*) PC to watch my movies. Since the Netflix app was able to run on Android, I knew that it was only a matter of time before it became available on Linux. Well that day has come!
Erich Hoover has created a tutorial on how to manually make the changes necessary to add a Netflix "app" to Linux, which he then followed with a repository to make the installation easy for the rest of us. Please do take note that this is not an official Netflix app, since Netflix uses the Microsoft Silverlight plugin with DRM. There is a Linux equivalent for Silverlight, called Moonlight, but it doesn't have DRM, and Netflix currently has no plans to not use DRM. That is where the whole issue has been for Linux operating systems. The work around uses wine, so its still not natively Linux, but its the closest I could find.
Using Ubuntu 12.04 simply follow the steps below:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop
Depending on each individual system's configuration and hardware, video quality may vary. To make sure that you have the latest news about this PPA repository, please make sure to checkout Erich's initial post http://www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/ppa-for-netflix-desktop-app.html