That's interesting. I've not tried to stream NF in Chromium for a very long time [as i said earlier, i happily use Vivaldi-Snapshot], so reading of your experience i thought i'd try it now.
Initial Chromium attempt failed:
Checked its Widevine status & found as expected that this plugin was missing, so i installed it:
Restarted Chromium & retried; still failed -- oops! Also, note that the error code has subtly changed.
Cleared Chromium's cookies & cache, then retried; still failed, same error.
So it seems that OP might have a point; for some installations it's more tricky than for others.
EDIT: Conversely, just now i tested NF in Firefox 58. Instant success; i did not have to take any corrective steps.
EDIT-2: Conversely conversely, aka on the third hand, Pale Moon remains out of the loop [this message came as a real blast from the past for me]:
Help Center Netflix system requirements for HTML5 Player and Silverlight
Netflix system requirements for HTML5 Player and Silverlight
You can use our HTML5 player or Silverlight to watch Netflix TV shows and movies on PCs running Windows XP or later, and Intel-based Macs running OS X Tiger (v10.4.11) or later. You'll find a complete list of requirements below for HTML5, Silverlight 4, and Silverlight 5.
Google Chrome version 37 or later on Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.9 or later (Mavericks), Chrome OS, or Linux*
Internet Explorer 11 or later on Windows 8.1 or later
Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
Mozilla Firefox version 47 or later on Windows Vista or later, Mac OS X 10.7 or later, or Linux*
Supported on stable, official release builds from Mozilla. Non-Mozilla builds are not supported.
Opera version 33 or later on Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later and Mac OS X 10.9 or later
Safari on Mac OS X 10.10 or later (Yosemite)
Supported on all 2012 or later models and select 2011 models
*Due to the many configurations of Linux available, customer support is unable to assist with troubleshooting issues on Linux devices.
Up to 720p on Windows, Mac, and Linux
Up to 1080p on Chrome OS
Internet Explorer up to 1080p
Microsoft Edge up to 4K*
Mozilla Firefox up to 720p
Opera up to 720p
Safari up to 1080p on Mac OS X 10.10.3 or later
*Streaming in 4K requires an HDCP 2.2 compliant connection to a 4K capable display, Intel's 7th generation Core CPU, and the latest Windows updates. Check with the manufacturer of your system to verify specifications.
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