Finally Netflix subscribers who also own a new Samsung Chromebook on ARM can stop feeling like second class citizens. The streaming movie giant is now officially supported on this Chromebook, around five months after the device was released.
Up until today, users who attempted to stream Netflix from the ARM-powered Chromebook were greeted with a message that Netflix was working with Google to provide access to the service “soon.” But “soon” has turned into “now,” which honestly doesn’t come as much of a surprise: Google included a brand new Netflix plugin for the Samsung Chromebook in a dev release last month. Still, it was a frustrating waiting game – one that many people are now glad is over.
The hold up was due to the need for Google and Netflix to work out some DRM issues – issues that are solved by Silverlight on Windows and OS X, and by NaCl technology on Intel-powered Chromebooks. For the ARM Chromebook, DRM will be handled by that new Netflix plugin and some HTML5 magic.
I, for one, am elated by this news, and will promptly celebrate by watching a few episodes of Homeland.[OMG! Chrome!]