In this article, you are going to learn how to Natively Watch Netflix on the Raspberry Pi 3. The Raspberry Pi is an amazingly affordable device which can achieve so much. A great way to use a Raspberry Pi is as a low cost media center or streaming device. Software like Kodi and Plex can transform the $35 Raspberry Pi into a very powerful media box.
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What You’ll Need
- Raspberry Pi 3 (preferably), 2 or 1
- 8GB MicroSD Card
- Keyboard and Mouse
- VPN for Netflix from other regions 🙂
Getting Netflix on the Raspberry Pi 3
Before we get started, you will need to have installed Raspbian Pixel on your Raspbery Pi. You can write the Raspbian image using the tool Etecher. Once you have done that, we need to boot the Raspberry Pi into Raspbian.
Along the top taskbar, you need to click on the Terminal icon (the black icon with the >_ symbol). Now that the terminal is open we need to type in the following command.
This will start downloading the custom compiled Chromium browser that includes the Widevine DRM. Widevine is required to make Netflix work but is missing from the standard Raspberry Pi Chromium that’s installed by default. The next thing we need to do is install the downloaded package.
sudo dpkg -i chromium-browser_56.0.2924.84-0ubuntu0.14.04.1.1011.deb
This should only take a few moments to install. Lastly, we need to reboot the Raspberry Pi, so go to the Raspberry menu and choose Shutdown. Here you just need to choose the Restart option. Please Note: In some circumstances, you may need to reboot up to three times before Netflix works.
Enjoy Netflix on your Raspberry Pi 3
To launch Netflix on the Raspberry Pi, go to the Raspberry menu and under the Internet menu, you need to choose Netflix Launcher. This will automatically start the new pre-compiled Chromium and start at the Netflix page. Make sure you put in your Netflix username and password and you are done!
Raspberry Pi Netflix Completed!
Congratulations, you’ve just installed Netflix on the Raspberry Pi 3. You won’t have to stream from another PC or run any x86 emulation software.
Were you able to get Netflix running? Did you have any problems during the tutorial? Then leave a comment below.