As the initial Wine-only solution was rather complicated (see below) I have found a Playonlinux solution that I posted on U&L.
- To be sure, remove the previous Wine installation from Synaptic.
rm -rf ~/.wine
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa -y && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.8
At this point
winetricks is needed. You can install it with
sudo apt-get install winetricks but that version is subject to a possible error described here.
- To avoid that error the solution is (after removing
winetricks if already installed) to use the github link:
sudo apt-get remove winetricks
chmod +x winetricks
winetricks file from
/usr/bin by copy/paste in root file manager or
sudo mv winetricks /usr/bin/
winetricks vcrun2010 dotnet40 gdiplus comctl32 ie8
(If, as indicated in the source link posted at the end, the command is run before installing
msxml3, you will be prompted in terminal to download it as indicated above.)
Do not approve updates and such from Windows.
- Download, unpack the Captvty package on your home partition and execute captvty.exe ('open with' - Wine), it should work now.
The program has an option to watch the videos without downloading them using internal or external players. The internal player is flashplayer for Windows. To get that and be able to whatch the videos in this way:
Go to http://get.adobe.com/en/flashplayer/otherversions/
Download the Windows 7, Internet Explorer version, in
The internal flash player works fine and seems totally preferable to external players, because the Linux native video players cannot be used (only Windows players in Wine).
(The latter can only theoretically be used in the same way, on the condition that Wine supports them, and then added through Captvty options. The only one that (kind of) worked when testing was the portable mpv for Windows, but compared to the 'internal' flash player there is a long/huge (5 minutes!) lag between the moment the command to start the video is made and the moment the video starts playing: otherwise it works fine... when it does... but it's not worth the effort: to watch the video use the other methods presented in this answer to get the video url and play it in a native video player.)
To search & launch Captvty (from Dash in Unity, krun in KDE, Synapse, etc) and see it among other Internet applications in menu launchers, create a
.desktop file like so:
and paste this, changing the path to the
.exe file for
Exec=bash -c 'wine /path/to/the/program/folder/captvty-2.5.1/Captvty.exe'
Name=TV Downloader Captvty
To have an icon for that, find a png, name it
captvty.png and put it in
Credits: the answer is based on these posts here and here.
Tested the above with 188.8.131.52 version and also with 2.5.1. Testing the more recent 184.108.40.206 the arte 7+ option gave no results, while this worked with the older version.