watching live olympics on linux
I was originally excited because NBC was going to use YouTube for live streaming because YouTube works fairly well under linux. When I logged into my Comcast account, NBC just continued to ask me to log in. Apparently many other Linux users faced a similar problem. I eventually figured out that Linux Mint 13 XFCE works completely fine and has no problems. So I had to look for alternatives.
I spent a couple hours trying to figure out why nbcolympics.com worked fine under Mint 13 and got nowhere. I installed the mint-flashplugin-11 package on my Arch desktop – nothing.
Well, I found out what was wrong. Flash requires I have
which needed to be installed from the AUR. A reddit comment linked to a
blog which linked to this Adobe help
saying so. Now NBC streaming works.
nameserver 188.8.131.52 nameserver 184.108.40.206
Then on that same page, it was suggested to set
resolv.conf to be
sudo chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf
Just need to remember to set it to
-i when done. Now I am able to go
to the BBC
website and view
BBC on my TV
To view a video in MPlayer is kind of a big deal for me since then I can
easily put the video on my television. I was lucky enough to come across
this mailing list post for
and found this does exactly what I want.
To watch it in MPlayer, I just run the following command:
get_iplayer --pid p00w2t4c --stdout --nowrite | mplayer -cache 512 -
pid comes from the last part of the url when you go to any of the
streams on the BBC’s website.
This means I can watch the Olympics live on my television.
I would still like to figure out how to get the NBC 720p streams on my TV and without all the ads. Until then, I think I may favor the BBC stream since it gives me exactly what I want to see.