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# 161978 25-Jan-2015 22:32
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TVNZ OnDemand recently stopped working.

Seems the AdobeFlash player (or TVNZ's embedded BrightCove content controller) now requires the old HAL libraries to operate it's DRM.

From askubutu


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install hal



The following extra packages will be installed:


hal-info libhal-storage1 libhal1


The following NEW packages will be installed:


hal hal-info libhal-storage1 libhal1


This now makes it work in Firefox on 14.04.

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  # 1222260 26-Jan-2015 10:02
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I'm now having issues and I've just upgraded to Fedora 21.

Not getting any errors, but the video is simply failing to start.

Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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  # 1222731 26-Jan-2015 21:12
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Yep, that's what we were seeing.  Page loaded, player controls show, but video fails to start or show any content. Just a black box. Can't skip forward. No error messages.

A different thread suggests this is just how the DRM content owners want it. Silent fail. Nothing as nasty as a pop up like "Greed Inc don't support your platform because of it's open freedom".


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  # 1223192 27-Jan-2015 13:04
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Looks like I've found the fix for Fedora 21

Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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