Netflix Error N8157 3172

The error you're seeing is related to the Silverlight plug-in, which Netflix uses to play TV shows and movies on your computer.

This error is usually caused by one of three things:

  • A computer setting preventing Silverlight from storing files it needs to play your TV show or movie

  • An issue with the Silverlight plug-in itself

  • An issue with the content you're trying to play

Follow the troubleshooting steps below to resolve the issue.

Steps for Windows
Steps for Mac

Use an alternate browser

We recommend updating to a browser that supports HTML5 to ensure your computer is optimized for our web player. Please download the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera and try Netflix again. Before you download, ensure your computer meets the following system requirements:

  • Google Chrome requires Windows 7 or later.

  • Mozilla Firefox requires Windows Vista or later.

  • Opera requires Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later.

Troubleshoot your browser

  1. Clear browser cookies
    Your browser may be referencing an outdated or corrupted setting in the cookie file.

    1. Go to netflix.com/clearcookies to clear the Netflix cookie. This will sign you out of Netflix.com and redirect you to the Netflix home screen.

    2. Select Sign In to sign back in and play your TV show or movie again.

  2. Restart your browser
    Sometimes restarting your browser can clear this issue.

    • Quit your browser, restart it, and play your TV show or movie again.

  3. Try another browser
    We recommend updating to a browser that supports HTML5 to ensure your computer is optimized for our web player. Please download the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera and try Netflix again. Our web player works best on:

    • Google Chrome on Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later.

    • Mozilla Firefox on Windows Vista or later.

    • Opera on Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later.

Restart your computer

  1. Shut your computer down completely and restart it.

  2. Try Netflix again.

Use an alternate browser

We recommend updating to a browser that supports HTML5 to ensure your computer is optimized for our web player. Please download the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera and try Netflix again. Before you download, ensure your computer meets the following system requirements:

  • Google Chrome requires OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.

  • Mozilla Firefox requires OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later.

  • Opera requires OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.

Troubleshoot your browser

  1. Clear browser cookies
    Your browser may be referencing an outdated or corrupted setting in the cookie file.

    1. Go to netflix.com/clearcookies to clear the Netflix cookie. This will sign you out of Netflix.com and redirect you to the Netflix home screen.

    2. Select Sign In to sign back in and play your TV show or movie again.

  2. Restart your browser
    Sometimes restarting your browser can clear this issue.

    • Quit your browser, restart it, and play your movie or TV show again.

  3. Try another browser
    We recommend updating to a browser that supports HTML5 to ensure your computer is optimized for our web player. Please download the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Safari and try Netflix again. Our web player works best on:

    • Google Chrome on Mac OS X 10.9 or later (Snow Leopard).

    • Mozilla Firefox on Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

    • Opera on Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

    • Safari on Mac OS X 10.10 or later.

Restart your computer

  1. Shut your computer down completely and restart it.

  2. Try Netflix again.