How to watch Windows Media Video streams on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)
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One question that I often get asked by those who are new to Ubuntu Linux is how to watch streaming Windows Video (WMV). This requires the installation of the win32codecs. After searching, a post at Phorolinux.com got me started. The steps involved are listed below.
-In the terminal type:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
-After your sources.list file is open, add this to the file:
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ gutsy free non-free
-Don’t forget to add the GPG key to your keyring with this command:
wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
-Update our sources with this command:
sudo apt-get update
-Install the w32codecs with this command:
sudo apt-get install w32codecs
Since the gstreamer that comes with Ubuntu doesn’t do a very good job of playing Windows Media streams (even with the w32codecs installed), you should also install mplayer and the mplayer plugin for Firefox. The steps are outlined below:
-Install mplayer with this command in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install mplayer
-Install the mplayer Firefox plugin with this command:
sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer
-Uninstall the totem-mozilla plugin by opening Synaptic (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager)
-Click on “Search” and type in “totem-mozilla”.
-”Mark for complete removal” the “totem-mozilla” package.
Now open up Firefox and try to stream some Windows Media. A good site to test this on is a Local Television Station in my home town. Happy Streaming!
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