Well, I couldn't sleep tonight, and I figured that Joe was letting out a big "clue" here. I read his post on Friday before leaving work, but figured by the time I got home, one of you guys would have already posted how to get Netflix up and running... Since I wasn't able to sleep tonight, and hadn't seen anything, I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm by no means any sort of "expert" with Linux, or networking or anything. Getting this up and running was very simple... I hope I can collect a bounty...
As I'm typing this, I'm watching "Bridge on the River Kwai" streaming through PlayOn to XBMC installed on my LINK.
Here's all I did to get it running:
1) Followed Joe Born's instructions to get XBMC installed from this post:http://forums.neurostechnology.com/index.php?topic=9660.0
In more detail:
I had to add the software repositories to the LINK:
SYSTEM --> Administration --> Software Sources
Enter the password "ntv"
Click the "Third-Party Software" tab
Click the "Add" button
Enter the following at the "APT line:" prompt:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc-intrepid/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
Click the "Add Source" button
Click "Close" to save your changes
When you're notified your software is out of date, select "Reload".
Set up your GPG key:
Copy the following and paste into a text file:
-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: SKS 1.0.10
-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Open System --> Administration --> Software Sources then click on the "Authentication" tab
Press the "Import Key File" button and point the browser to the text file you just saved above.
Press the "Add" key.
Next, install XBMC
In a terminal window, enter the following:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc
XBMC should install with no problems, if everything above has been done correctly (I didn't keep good notes when I tried all this, because I really didn't think it would be so simple and would work).
2) Next, you'll need to install the Media Mall PlayOn software on your home PC
You can download the software here (it's free for the first month or so, then you will need to pay to register it):http://www.themediamall.com/playon
Run the setup file to install the software on your PC.
3) Set up PlayOn with your Netflix login information:
Select the "User Accounts" tab
Enter your username
Enter your password
Select the "Test" button to make sure everything works... If not, double check you entered it correctly.
4) Now, you need to set up XBMC to see PlayOn on your home PC
Run Applications --> Sound and Video --> XBMC Media Center
Select "Add Source"
Select "Add Network Location"
Under protocol select the arrow keys until you get to "uPNP Server"
In the server address box, enter your server address (in my case it was 192.168.0.1)
Click the "Browse" button and select the "upnp://" selection
Select "PlayOn (YourPCName-PC)"
Select "OK" again
5) Now, you should be ready to watch a video. Be sure your NetFlix account has some videos queued up in your online queue (you must have the right type of NetFlix deal - I think any agreement with NetFlix over 8.99 a month lets you stream videos).
From the main XBMC screen select "Videos"
Select "PlayOn (YourPCName - PC)"
Decide where you want to select your movie from (I picked "Queue Top 50")
Select a movie you wish to watch (I picked "Bridge on the River Kwai")
It should now open the stream and should start your movie!
Haven't really had a chance to play with anything. Don't know yet how to get the video to show up in full screen mode. ( From what I read on my lunch break pressing the "\" key should toggle full screen mode[/edit]
) But, I will try to play with that later. The video is clear and smooth and has no issues.
Here are some screen shots of A Clockwork Orange: