[ubuntu-uk] Firefox and BBC video (sigh)

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Tue Jul 3 22:18:56 BST 2007

Hi Alan,

On Tue, 2007-07-03 at 22:04 +0100, alan c wrote:
> ITV and Cannel 4 stuff - in fact most mainstream web page video stuff.

Channel 4 stuff you absolutely can't use. Same goes for the newer BBC
iPlayer. They use Microsoft based DRM, which screws us royally. However
the real player stuff is easy to make work.

> Firefox is the important browser here - it is used in windows and 
> Kubuntu, and their friends and family can (and should) be using 
> firefox in windows. So I want to focus on firefox. Normal web 
> browsing. Click on a link and video window should open and play.

That works here.

> To summarise - I am looking for specifically firefox and (as example) 
> specifically BBC.

Add the medibuntu repo as per these instructions - this is so you can
install the necessary codecs.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove totem-mozilla
sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer w32codecs

You should then find that opening firefox and going to any of the bbc
realplayer pages you can click "play in realplayer" and it should work
in the browser.

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