How-To: Amazon Instant Video Under Linux
This page is a placeholder for my ongoing support notes, potential solutions, and tips for playing Amazon’s VOD (Video On Demand) service under Linux. Since flash will no longer be developed for Linux past 11.2, we are left to hope for solutions from Firefox, HTML5 encoding, or some other wild idea. For now, the only concrete solution is running a virtual machine (Wine support is very difficult, but possible).
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Please see the Pipelight page for full directions on how to get sliverlight working flawlessly! Pipelight allows me also to play Amazon on demand video. This can be found at :
What I currently know:
- Currently builds of adobeflash-plugin (version 11.2) have broken DRM functionality via web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.
- Downgrading flash may be troublesome down the road for other applications that depend on it.
- Current solutions I have generally seen concern Ubuntu/Linux Mint
- Using Chrome which has the newest version of flash via ppapi. Amazon Prime strictly prohibits it.
- Using Chromium has the same issue as using Firefox
- Trying to install Adobe Flash 11,2,202,275. Is not compatible with raring libraries(?).
- The Moonlight plugin for Firefox will not work, as Amazon now uses a variant of Silverlight.
- It is possible that netflix-desktop can be tweaked to make this work, something I am currently investigating.
- Sadly, the 20130618 update to Chromium-Browser, did not rectify this, but video on many sites if MUCH smoother
Common Error messages when loading the Amazon Instant Video Player:
- “Sorry we were unable to stream this video. This is likely because your Flash Player needs to be updated.”
Chromium , Ubuntu/Mint 13.04 64bit:
sudo apt-get install hal sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi/preprobe sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi/information /usr/sbin/hald --daemon=yes --verbose=yes rm -rf ~/.adobe
20130618 - updated “What I currently know” to include Moonlight. Added info on Chromium Browser.