There is a website that streams local TV and it requires windows media player plugin. I have LUbuntu freshly installed, but it simply says "Missing Plug-in". It doesn't say anything about what packages I need to install. What's the right package/s to install?


Ok I've got it working now. I have removed the packages from Medibuntu PPA (since I don't require its packages yet) and installed these packages:

These are taken from the package list from my previous Ubuntu (thanks to dv3500ea for the clues). I am not sure if there are any packages that are safe to remove. I forgot the forum thread in which I followed the guide. I also have VLC plugin (mozilla-plugin-vlc) installed but it's not necessary to play the video. I still have it enabled and the video is playing.


With current versions of Chromium this is no longer possible. Chrome and Chromium have abandoned support for NPAPI plugins which include Totem, GStreamer, VLC, etc. Until/unless there is a new PPAPI version of these plugins, you're out of luck.


The default video player on Ubuntu (Totem) provides the Windows Media Player plugin. As @Dracirate has said, it may help to disable the VLC plugin. Your about:plugins page should look something like this:


  • My about:plugins is almost the same as of yours now except Totem is v2.32.0. I have installed Medibuntu and other gstreamer packages but I have only played the "Live Video". The "Video on Demand" won't play; it's just blank screen. Any clue on how to determine the right packages needed? – user2814 Oct 12 '10 at 8:50
  • Found out that flash player was the only last piece missing. – user2814 Oct 12 '10 at 13:27

By any chance are you using VLC? If you do

Disable the VLC Multimedia Plug-in in about:plugins

  • I just want it to play on the browser, chromium. – user2814 Oct 11 '10 at 17:56
  • Disable the VLC Multimedia Plug-in in about:plugins – Javier Gonzalez Oct 11 '10 at 17:59
  • I don't have the VLC plugin installed a while ago. I tried to install it and nothing new. – user2814 Oct 11 '10 at 18:06
  • check your about:plugins ? if you have the plugin enable – Javier Gonzalez Oct 11 '10 at 18:10

I would look at the possibility of using wine to install Internet explorer and Windows media player. Take a look at winetricksfor more information.

there is also the possibility that he may need to use MS SilverLight. There is an open source alternative called Moonlight that is available for ubuntu.

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    As much as possible I would like to stay away from wine. I have it working without wine. – user2814 Oct 13 '10 at 0:33

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