Will this enable Netflix on PowerPC?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by skateny, Apr 15, 2013.

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    It depends. The move to HTML5 sounds good of course, but we have to see it our powerpc computers can handle it.
     
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    I am sure it will.. so far html5 runs great on my G5 Quad and PB G4 DLSD.

     
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    Silverlight is a pile of stuff horses leave behind.
     
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    Don't bet that it will run well... It looks like it will be using Javascript Heavily...
     
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    And how do you know if it will be heavily Java scripted? Can you provide a source? Otherwise its pure speculation at this point.
     
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    They went to silverlight instead of Flash :rolleyes: It is netflix, they'll find a way to screw us...
     
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    You haven't read the article yet?
     
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    It also requires a browser update with new HTML5 features. So the features they use would still have to show up in a PowerPC browser. It still requires a new version of HTML5.
     
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    It was provided in the OP.

    As long as Leopard Webkit, Tenfourfox, and Aurora can stay up-to-date, I think that we will probably be able to do 720p or even 1080p on some better computers.
     
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    As long as PPC browsers (tenfourfox namely) can support HTML5, PPC still has a chance.
     
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    Till this day comes, I'm sticking to my Plex-Netflix-PowerPC workaround.
     
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    Never got that working. For some reason, the client machine's plex would crash, and the server would play the sound of the video for a few minutes.
     
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    It works best on a 1Gbit network and lots of free CPU cycles.
     
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    As mentioned, I suspect it will only run on a very select few modern PPC borwsers (ie. TFF) due to the HTML5 extensions required for encrypted streaming between you and Netflix.
     
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    and very few powerful G5
     
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    I'd think on a 7448x2 it could be playable.
     
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    Spoke with Cameron Kaiser yesterday... he told me that he plans to put in HTML5 codecs to prepare for Netflix to be played on a PowerPC. He hasn't forgotten about us PPC users and once Netflix makes the switch that is when he will provide the codecs in the browser to support Netflix.

    So, we are 1/2 way there. Now its up to AuroraFox and Leopard WebKit.. but I think those two will follow also..

    Obviously, someone out there still thinks PowerPC can win.

     
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    AuroraFox will probably implement it quite quickly they just patch in the diffs. LeopardKit might take a bit longer a the Webkit project will have to implement it first. Although given Webkit's popularity, this shouldn't be long.
     
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    Resurrecting this thread (January 2014) because I was going to post a very similar question. Any updates on the situation?

    I have a Powerbook G4 15'' 1.5ghz - already have TenFourFox installed on it but not sure about what else's needed to run NetFlix on it (if it's possible).
     
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    Amen.

    I agree, probably only the dual 2.0GHz and better PowerMac G5's
     
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    HTML5 Netflix playback is only supported in IE 11 on Windows 8.x. It may work on Windows 7 with IE 11, but it doesn't work on any Mac because no Mac browser supports the additional DRM extensions to HTML5 that Netflix requires.
    For now, Silverlight is the only option for Macs.
     
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    Damn. I've just been offered a beautiful little anglepoise lamp G4 iMac to add to my mac collection. It'd be perfect as a netflix screen in my kitchen for me & the kids. Wanted one of these for ages.

    As it it, I would have to spend another £100ish buying some mini intel parts and a couple of days ripping out the G4 gubbins and installing intel stuff, and it's time & money I don't have :(

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