Online video for Canadians...

Darcy Casselman dscassel at
Wed Apr 21 19:01:05 UTC 2010

The CBC are aware of the problem and unwilling to fix it.  From

"Dear Paul,

We have checked with our technical staff, and unfortunately, as you
point out, the new Flash player we are installing does not work on
Linux systems. However it
does work on almost all other systems, including Windows and Mac. The
number of systems that could not see the video in our new player is
likely around the 1%
or less range.

We are not in a position to develop any workaround that would prevent
revenue from being generated when users watch video on Funding
for CBC from
the government of Canada has not been growing, and the funds from
Parliament (less than $40 per Canadian taxpayer per year) only cover
part of the Corporations
broadcasting operations. I'm sorry you did not get an earlier response
from CBC."

Parker Bishop
Communication Assistant
CBC Audience Relations


On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM, Pedro I. Sanchez <psanchez at> wrote:
> I complained to the CBC via e-mail early this year when the issue with
> was raised in this mailing list. As expected, I never got
> an answer :-(
> Probably a written latter on paper would fare better.
> --
> Pedro
> Stéphane S. Somé wrote:
>> Totally agree with that.. How do we tell them (particularly CBC which is
>> tax funded) that there're other OSes beside windows and mac ?
>> Stéphane
>> Mike Leahy wrote:
>>> Hi Daniel,
>>> Thanks for the tip - that solves that problem.  Even so...I'm not particularly
>>> satisfied letting Global TV off the hook that easy.  Performance and picture is
>>> much better if I can play it natively.  Really, it shouldn't be too much to
>>> ask to have the developers of these applications test things on an ubuntu
>>> machine.
>>> Mike
>>> On Tuesday 20 April 2010 19:32:38 Daniel Robitaille wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 6:18 PM, Mike Leahy <mgleahy at>
>>> wrote:
>>>>> a similar solution, but I don't quite have the time
>>>>> to really figure it all out.  The best I can due right now is view Global
>>>>> TV from windows versions of FireFox/Flash installed via wine...but that
>>>>> rules out fullscreen (trust me...don't try it).
>>>> fullscreen works for me.  Have you turned off graphic acceleration in
>>>> the windows flash plugin?
>>>> (you need to right click in a flash "window" to access the flash
>>>>  preferences)
>>>> That solved a lot of problems I initially had in that
>>>> wine+firefox+flash setup.  And now at least I can watch and
>>>> from within Ubuntu.
>>>> ou
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