Huge shout out to fellow Iowan Nixie Pixel for posting this very workable workaround over at her linux youtube page. Also, if you don't know who Nixie Pixel is be sure to check out her YouTube vids and other sites. Lots of helpful info and news about Linux, Open Source, and gaming to be found!
To install on Ubuntu / Mint (64 or 32 bit)-
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop
For Fedora (only 32 bit systems)You need wget first:
su -c 'yum -y install wget'
tar -xvzf Netflixplayer.tar.gz
su -c 'sh Netflixplayer.sh'
Running Netflix from cmd line:
I did the install on the latest version of Linux Mint and encountered no problems. The interface seems somewhat wonky at times, but everything works great. It is really, REALLY unfortunate that Netflix has not developed something like this themselves. Oh well, Linux community FTW! Check out Nixie Pixel's video walk through below.