Currently Using Google Chrome Version 40.0.2214.10 beta (64-bit) Ubuntu 14.10

There was a time when I could watch streaming video on my computer, but at some point it seems I've lost that ability. Following earlier advice, I've installed hal from the PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install hal

and deleted ~/.adobe and rebooted, but still no luck.

I've also played around with Freshplayer and Pipelight, and I was about to get HBO Go working on Firefox, but not XFINITY, and none of them working with Chrome. In Chrome, Amazon Prime video gives me an endless loading screen, HBO Go is a big black screen and I get an endless "Buffering" screen on XFINITY.


  1. How can I get these DRM flash videos working on Chrome
  2. How can I get them working on other browsers without resorting to using Wine

Just as a note, in a fresh Chrome installation this is what I see on XFINITY


Amazon, HBO Go, and Xfinity all use silverlight, not flash, for their videos. My solution is to install PlayOnLinux, and run Firefox through wine. Then, install silverlight in the same prefix as Firefox.

You have to use the wine version of firefox for these sites, but it works decently well. The automatic video quality usually sets the quality really low, but everything is watchable.

  • The crazy thing, and I know it's not helpful, is I SWEAR like 2 weeks ago I was still able to watch XFINITY on Chrome. But aw well, I'd already done what you suggested and it does work, but I can't Chromecast it (the Chrome for Windows installer fails to connect on my computer) – jeremyfrankly Nov 24 '14 at 22:46

You can configure Amazon prime to use flash for web browser streaming via their settings page. It will work with firefox using pepperflash, however, I cannot get chrome with pepperflash to work (Chrome: Version 39.0.2171.95 (64-bit), Ubuntu: 14.10). This will avoid the need for wine, but you still will not be able to cast it.

  • I'll see if I can get it working on my Chrome installation (probably not). Otherwise, I've just been using Firefox on Wine which lets me play all the sources, but yeah --- no Chromecasting :-( – jeremyfrankly Dec 17 '14 at 14:37

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