I desperately want Netflix support but I fear this is still months away.
In principle I think it's a pretty easy port to build the ARM version. Problems could include decoding performance on the ARM chip, quality assurance, and the possibility that might skip the ARM version of NaCl and go straight to the PNaCl version that's not yet available in Chrome or Chrome OS (except for experimental use).
Yet it still doesn't work on Linux. How many excuses are they going to use when they support every Linux device except the actual operating system.
The relatively locked-downedness of Linux inside Kindles, Android phones, and Chrome OS is what makes it easier for Google. Ubuntu/Debian/Red Hat/whatever, running on very diverse hardware, is a lot harder to support. The commercial success of consumer-oriented Linux devices generally has been with approaches that consign Linux to some low level where most developers don't actually touch it.
This is a big reason that folks are pursuing encrypted media extensions in the web standards communities. With such capabilities part of the web platform, it won't be necessary for Netflix to rely on Silverlight, or on proprietary plugins on CrOS, to distribute their content.
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