Howto: Watch Xfinity On Demand video on Ubuntu (32bit & 64bit)

Assuming you installed and ran Netflix for Linux at least once….

First we need to set up libraries for the wine installation:

wget https://launchpad.net/~jcollins/+archive/jaminppa/+build/1482994/+files/getlibs_2.06-0ubuntu1%7Eppa2_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i getlibs_2.06-0ubuntu1~ppa2_all.deb
sudo getlibs -p gnome-keyring:i386
sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib32/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11/gnome-keyring-pkcs11.so /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/pkcs11/gnome-keyring-pkcs11.so

Download the Xfinity specific silverlight software:

wget http://silverlight.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/5/F/4/5F4E029C-77F5-4EC7-B084-E7B180483AFF/10516.00/runtime/Silverlight.exe

Download Flash for Windows 7 for “other browsers”

Copy the .netfix-desktop to a .xfinity-desktop:

cp -Rav .netflix-desktop .xfinity-desktop

Now we need to uninstall the Silverlight for Netflix, install the Xfinity Silverlight and Adobe Flash:

env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="${HOME}/.xfinity-desktop" wine "Silverlight.exe" /qu
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="${HOME}/.xfinity-desktop" wine "Silverlight.exe" /q
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="${HOME}/.xfinity-desktop" wine "install_flash_player.exe"

Start firefox, log in and you should be able to play Xfinity On Demand videos on Ubuntu!

env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="${HOME}/.xfinity-desktop" /opt/wine-compholio/bin/wine "C:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe" "http://xfinitytv.comcast.net"

Looks like anonymoose was able to get it to work! 🙂

Just wanted to pass this info on, as i just got this working myself through some trial and error last night. This made me able to watch 100% of the xfinity videos, not just the flash ones. I installed all of these in Wine: Firefox 25, silverlight 5.1.20513.0, and a flash debug version i found here-http://download.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/updaters/11/flashplayer_11_plugin_debug.exe

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Running Ubuntu 12.04 with NVidia video and you’re either crashing or have blue ‘smurfs’ on YouTube? SOLVED

There is a bug in the NVidia drivers that can cause Xwindows (Xorg) to crash and people on YouTube to be shown with blue skin. There is an easy fix for this:

Create or update your /etc/adobe/mms.cfg file as root to fix the crashing issue:

EnableLinuxHWVideoDecode=0
OverrideGPUValidation=true

Next we need to fix Adobe Flash by:

cd $( dirname $( locate libflashplayer.so ) )
sudo cp libflashplayer.so libflashplayer.so.bak
sudo perl -pi.bak -e 's/libvdpau/lixvdpau/g' libflashplayer.so

That’s it!

Update: This is no longer an issue with Ubuntu 12.10

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GeekBrief.tv: Check out the USB drive -> NAS adapter ($55) and the free Microsoft PowerPoint -> Flash software

Thanks to the all knowing Cali Lewis for hosting GeekBrief.tv!

The Addonics NAS Adapter turns a USB drive in NAS, and it only costs $55.

If you do a lot of Powerpoint presentations, you’ll be happy to hear about iSpring Free. It turns the presentation into a Flash movie that you can embed into a blog post and share.

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