Netflix?



  • So, I just tried to watch Netflix on Vivaldi and it just asked me to use a official version of Chrome instead, I suppose that Vivaldi is somewhat based on Chrome but how come it doesn't support Netflix? For now I'll just use Chrome to watch Netflix but I really do enjoy using Vivaldi and I feel that this is going to be something great once finished, I mean, I even prefer the unfinished version over Chrome and Firefox. I am on 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro so the OS shouldn't be an issue.



  • Most likely a Netflix issue. Vivaldi so so new that Netflix haven't added it to its list of recognized browsers. Send them a message to see if they'll add Vivaldi.



  • I just did a live chat with a Netflix representative and currently their only steps are "you would need to use the actual Google Chrome Browser, IE or Firefox" along with a traditional spiel about which browsers are supported for streaming.

    From what I remember working IT/customer service it's pretty standard for them to fill out a quick report describing issue and resolution for each chat so if we can get enough people calling/writing in then this issue should show up on their radar pretty quickly.

    Once it does it should be a pretty quick fix since it looks like an unrecognized user agent issue (Netflix thinks we're using a weird version of Google Chrome and denies page access.) Just pass along the user agent during the call or chat (it was "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/40.0.2214.115 Safari/537.36 Vivaldi/1.0.118.19" for me) and hopefully they get it sorted soon.



  • @teamyoyo:

    Most likely a Netflix issue. Vivaldi so so new that Netflix haven't added it to its list of recognized browsers. Send them a message to see if they'll add Vivaldi.

    Here is the transcript from your recent chat with customer support:

    Netflix Morgan
    Thanks for chatting Netflix, My name is Morgan. How can I help you?
    You
    Hello. My name is Brian. When will Netflix support the new Vivaldi browser?
    Netflix Morgan
    Hey there, Brian!
    Netflix Morgan
    thats a really good question. Let me check into this and see if we have any word on this just yet.
    You
    Thank you.
    Netflix Morgan
    my pleasure!
    Netflix Morgan
    Thanks for waiting, Brian! I took a look and did a bit of research, it doesnt appear we currently have any official announcements on supporting Vivaldi just yet.
    Netflix Morgan
    I would absolutely love to send in some feedback to my developers for you and let them know you'd like to see us support Vivaldi as soon as possible :)
    You
    I would be glad if you could do that please.
    Netflix Morgan
    It would be my pleasure! I havent heard of this browser yet :) im sure they would be very interested to know if we have some customers switching over their main browser to something else. We always want our service available if possible.
    Netflix Morgan
    I'll put that request in right now!
    Netflix Morgan
    Is there anything else I might be able to help with this evening?
    You
    Nothing further just now. Thank. Good day.
    Netflix Morgan
    Have a wonderful day, take care!



  • It might be worth a try to install some extension that lets you change your User Agent string to Chrome and try again.

    (BTW is this planned to be implemented in Vivaldi itsself?)



  • I wrote my own tutorial on how to get Vivaldi working with Netflix.

    Have a look: https://huberulrich.de/android/vivaldi-and-netflix-tutorial



  • I don't think Netflix cares anymore what the browsers user agent string is. I installed Chrome, which installed the Widevine Content Decryption Module plug-in (Version: 1.4.8.866). I then exited Chrome and ran Vivaldi. That plug-in was listed and I had no problem using Vivaldi under Windows 10 to watch a movie in Netflix using HTML5. Flash is installed, but it is disabled.

    I don't know whether or not I could have installed the Widevine Content Decryption Module plug-in directly using vivaldi://components without going through the extra steps in the preceding posts tutorial.



  • Further to the above thread, there are already many NF threads in the V fora, including the happy recent development that [if you wish], you do not have to permanently pollute your hdd/ssd with Chrome…

    https://vivaldi.net/forum/vivaldi-browser-for-linux/8148-vivaldi-web-panels-audio-netflix#50372

    https://vivaldi.net/forum/vivaldi-browser-for-linux/9131-netflix-and-vivaldi-on-linux#50688



  • I've read that MS Edge can do 1080p and 4K, but even Chrome can only do 720p because that meets the basic HTML5 standards. MS decided to go above the standards. I'm not exactly sure how this makes sense, considering Chrome can still run YouTube in higher resolutions. Hopefully, Netflix and Vivaldi can collaborate on this issue, and maybe they can even do what Microsoft did, allowing for it to be even better than Chrome!


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