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Postby RichAustin » Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:09 pm

Hi

I would love to get rid totally of Windows, but there is always something that won't work. For ages it was GotoMyPC - I have to use it for work. I finally figured how to use Firefox + User Agent add-in + Wine and it works brilliantly (not so good in XUbuntu or Gnome Ubuntu strangely).

Then, a few weeks ago, I got Sky TV. I found Sky don't support Linux because they use Silverlight. Even Microsoft have given up on Silverlight so I've read!

I've tried various things but can't get it to work. Has anyone successfully made Silverlight work on Linux? It's maddening because it's now the only thing I use Windows for!

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Postby guy » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:19 pm

Have you thought of buying a Sky box for your TV set? :P

More seriously, you could try Pipelight or Moonlight.
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Postby RichAustin » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:23 am

guy wrote:Have you thought of buying a Sky box for your TV set? :P

More seriously, you could try Pipelight or Moonlight.


I have a Sky box for the TV - I also have a wife and daughter who hate any sort of sport! Therefore, Sky + Wife + Daughter = Watch Sport on the PC!

Pipelight looks a good option, and it works with Netflix, I'll give it a go. Moonlight was abandoned a few years ago unfortunately.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Postby ferrari » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:36 am

Let us know how you get on. I'm interested in the results (as I'm sure others will be).
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Silverlight - Netflix and Sky on Linux

Postby RichAustin » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:56 am

ferrari wrote:Let us know how you get on. I'm interested in the results (as I'm sure others will be).


Eureka! I finally got it to work! I'm not entirely sure what combination of things made it work but it does. This is roughly what I did (in Ubuntu 12.04 with Wine installed):

EDIT NOTES: I just discovered that this actually works for Netflix as well as Sky.


1. Linux Firefox - installed User Agent Overrider 0.21 (website is https://github.com/muzuiget/user_agent_overrider). I tried installing Pipelight but I don't think it worked properly anyway. I then set the User Agent to "Firefox 22/Windows".

2. Wine: Installed Firefox for Windows. Then from this I downloaded and installed Silverlight. It took quite a bit of messing around but it did finally installed - I think that was largely due to me not being very familiar with Wine.

NOTE: I couldn't actually get Sky to work in the Windows version. I'm running Sky through the Linux version of Firefox, so it may not be necessary to install Firefox but I definitely think you need Silverlight.

3. I tried to install Flash in Windows Firefox but it wouldn't install. I thought of this because Sky appears to use an odd mix of Flash and Silverlight. I do have Flash installed in Linux Firefox though.

4. Finally I got to a point where Sky was telling me that the Device I was using was not registered for use. I deleted my Windows device, then tried to play Sky Sports and Sky registered my Linux device. Sky Sports then played perfectly!

5. My localhost reports a name of G72 (same as in Windows). However, Sky registered "richardaustin19-PC" as the name! I have no idea where this is set. It doesn't seem to be in Wine. The Wine computer name is set here: Run Wine Regedit from command line and search for ComputerName. I renamed the device to G72 and tried again and Sky Sports still worked okay.

I really hope this helps someone else because I found it really maddening to get it to work but ultimately worth it! Sorry I can't be absolutely accurate about how I got it to work but I did so much messing about that I'm really not sure which steps are crucial and which were a waste of time.

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Silverlight

Postby DavidMcCrossan » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:54 pm

Hi Rich
I use Firefox and can access Sky from Spain.
I have no idea why it works, it just does.
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Re: Silverlight

Postby david911 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:43 am

Thanks for your investigations.

I have BBC iPlayer, 4OD, 5OD and Neflix all working perfectly in the UK.

Amazon Prime UK proved to be intractable (their Customer Services were sympathetic, but unable to resolve this). Wierdly, Amazon Prime US does appear to work.

I believe this to be related to Amazon UK's use of the horrenduous Silverlight.

Happy watching!

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Re: Silverlight

Postby nelz » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:44 pm

Amazon Prime UK does work with Pipelight.
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Re: Silverlight

Postby david911 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:02 pm

Hi nelz,

Please tell me how to get Amazon Uk working!

I have tried on Mint 17, but have never succeeded. I get as far as a film loading and buffering, then inevitably it dropped back down into an error message (I cannot now remember which one). Finally, I gave up.

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Re: Silverlight

Postby nelz » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:12 pm

It's in LXF 182. You not only need to install Pipelight, you also need to to have your browser identify itself as Firefox on Windows.
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Re: Silverlight

Postby david911 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:18 pm

Hi nelz,

I followed the instructions very, very carefully but still no luck. Just one of those things, I suppose.

On a postive note I find that Mint 17 using Pipelight offers a superior vieiwing experience than Windows for the channels which I can get to work. I can live without Amazon more than I can live without Linux.

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