[mythtv-users] Watching web streams?
beww at beww.org
Wed Jun 24 15:57:20 UTC 2009
On Wednesday 24 June 2009 05:49:01 Jim Morton wrote:
> Jim Morton wrote:
> > How can I watch shows that www.TNT.tv broadcasts on the Web? I used to
> > do it on my Windows pc attached to the tv but I converted that to a
> > Mythbuntu box (and I love it). Now if I exit the f/e and start Firefox
> > then goto TNT and try to watch something it just says there was an
> > error streaming. The commercials play just fine but when it gets to
> > the show it pops up the error. I suspect it is a DRM issue and since
> > I'm not on Windows anymore it doesn't work. Assuming I'm right is
> > there a DRM package I can install (or is that a Windows exclusive?)
> > that will satisfy TNT? Or should I dual boot? Any other suggestions?
> Just for closure - This was TNT's response:
> Typically, when all you can see are the commercials then there is a
> licensing issue. You will need to have Windows Media Player installed
> for the video to show. This isn't due to codecs or file format, but more
> specifically due the DRM licensing setup that we have with Windows Media
> Player and the studios.
> I don't think Windows has a Linux supported version of Windows Media
> Player so you may be stuck in the same boat as our Mac users when it
> comes to accessing our licensed footage. There may be some sort of work
> around for Linux users but I don't have enough familiarity in that area
> to really help out.
The phrase "I don't think Windows has a Linux supported version of WMP..."
shows the responder from TNT had no idea what Linux really is.
I also have problems with content that is "protected" by some sort of
Windows-based DRM. Netflix Watch Instantly comes to mind.
The only solution I have found is to actually run a Windows machine, or
actually a virtual Windows machine, running under VirtualBox. Obviously a
real XP machine, or a VMware or Xen solution should work as well. Whether
PlayON would run under Wine, I have no idea.
I run PlayOn on the virtual XP machine, and I can then view the media using
the UPnP server built-in to PlayON.
PlayOn is commercial ($40), I'm not sure if free solutions like Tversity can
handle the DRM or not.
It's a lousy solution for many reasons, but it's the only one I have come up
with yet. As long as the content providers continue to buy into the MS DRM
paradigm, I doubt we will see a (legal) Linux solution in my lifetime.
I have paid for the Netflix content, so I am not "stealing" anything as far as
I'm concerned. Since I am using a commercial product to do what I'm doing, I
figure the content providers can go after the makers thereof if they are
But I really hate products that require you to send money to MS in order to
use them. This sort of thing should be illegal IMHO.
beww at beww.org
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