Am I the only one who can't get HBO Nordic to work after it changed to flash?

The flash player loads and seems fine, but the video never appears.

There are a lot of solutions for the old player, but I can't seem to find anything from after the change (2015).


I am using Flash version on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

The flash player on HBO reacts exactly the same way on Chrome and Firefox.

  • Many of my HBO using friends have complained about the same :\ – vegard torvund Apr 14 '15 at 10:22

Installing the following worked in firefox:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/hal-flash
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libhal1-flash 
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

restart firefox.

  • This worked for me as well, but only on Firefox, not Chrome. – eyrix Apr 14 '15 at 11:32
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    No debs for vivid or wily, but it seems to build just fine from source. That means you can replace step 1-2 with $ bzr branch lp:~mjblenner/+junk/hal-flash, autoreconf -i. ./configure --prefix=/usr and sudo make install. – Jonas G. Drange Aug 1 '15 at 2:42

I followed the guide in the first post here and now HBO Nordic plays in Firefox. The plugins did not build at first (maybe I messed up, not closing Firefox or something), but executing the last command of step 5 after a boot did it for me.

The guide verbatim, all credits to Lubu123 on Ubuntu Forums:

So here's how to make HBO Nordic work with Firefox - works with Netflix too:

1. Close Firefox

2. Install Pipelight

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends pipelight-multi
sudo pipelight-plugin --update


3. As a precaution you may want to get rid of the old flash version by uninstalling flashplugin-installer (Lubuntu) or adobe-flashplugin (Linux Mint) if you have one installed

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer


sudo apt-get remove adobe-flashplugin

4. Enable Pipelight's flash and widevine (you may also want to enable silverlight since although it is not required for HBO, Netflix and many other similar services use it)

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable flash
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable widevine
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight


5. Update plugins and clear Firefox plugin cache like this:

sudo pipelight-plugin --update
sudo pipelight-plugin --create-mozilla-plugins


6. Start Firefox and let Pipelight install its plugins - there will be installation messages on the screen and when they disappear restart Firefox. You should now see the newly installed Pipelight plugins in Firefox plugins tab.

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