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BBC.COM video will not play after latest VLC update

asked 2017-06-13 16:49:13 -0500

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Video on 4.10.17-100.fc24.x8664 #1 SMP Mon May 22 16:32:22 UTC 2017 x8664 x8664 x86 64 GNU/Linux on BBC.com has been problematic lately; one week it'll run after a weekly update (usually on done a Saturday) and often times, it won't. Now is such a time. VLC upgraded in my recent Saturday upgrade, using dnf upgrade command, all seemed to install properly, yet when I went to play BBC.com vid, they stall. YouTube runs, CBC.ca videos run, mostly, and I've got flashplayer 25.0 r0 installed as well. Some on #fedora IRC channel on Freenode vehemently claim flashplayer is "insecure," (should mean unsecure as "insecure" is a state of mind) but I've never had trouble with it. My question is, what is the fix for this erratic video nonsense involving BBC.com video? Is there something I need to download each time this happens? What's going on with this?? Or do I need to download one of the alternatives to flashplayer? Browser is Firefox 53.0.2.

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Do you have installed rpmfusion or unitedrpms repository? flashplayer is maintained again by adobe... maybe in the IRC is Outdated... Firefox will drop the support for flash, but you can use freshplayer...

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-06-13 20:30:36 -0500 )edit

I have no flash or fresh or whatsoever player installed, and my FF (firefox-53.0.3-1.fc25.x86_64) plays any video on bbc.com just fine. Now, what's your procedure to play BBC videos on VLC? You copy the URL from your browser and paste it in VLC?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-06-14 09:00:39 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-06-14 16:28:15 -0500

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@sideburns: Thanks for clearing that; that's what must have happened as one post is still up. I thought it was because the question had already been posed and my post was deleted because of that; and yet when I searched for the "duplicate post," of course nothing came up. I'm grateful to be wrong in this case.

@florian If I can find the url to a video (a very rare ocurrence as they don't show readily show up) and I paste it into VLC, even more rarely will it stream. I can count on one hand the number of times that's actually worked for me. I wish I knew the secret to ferreting out video urls so I could play them on VLC sometimes.

@everyone: I must confess I've been chasing the wrong rainbow or solution to this one. I have uBlock Origin installed on my Firefox; and I somehow must have blocked BBC videos with it. My deep apologies, because just in the way it happened, I assumed somehow, somewhere the VLC update must have blocked whatever codec BBC uses. When I reset uBlock and tried the videos again, voila! they played. I feel pretty stupid over this whole affair and I thank you all for your contributions and time. I now have a 'note' on my desktop to check uBlock first before looking anywhere else for a solution. Again, my apologies and heartfelt thanks with your patience.

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Why do you prefer playing the videos in VLC over FF in full screen?

One way to find out the video URL is by using a simple CLI program called youtube-dl. (example: youtube-dl http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-39888188/venezuela-protests-on-streets-of-caracas) And if you want, you could even download the BBC videos and play the offline files with VLC.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-06-15 08:20:23 -0500 )edit
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answered 2017-06-13 21:16:15 -0500

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David, Both are installed, rebooting FF did not bring it back. Funny you got this because I was informed by an Admin my post had been rejected. :(

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It was obvious that his question would be removed. Remember it is Fedora, and an official IRC ... I suggest you disable rpmfusion or configure your repositories ...

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-06-13 23:45:42 -0500 )edit

Some new users don't realize that all of their posts must be accepted by a moderator, and when it doesn't show up right away, they think they've done something wrong and post their question again. This results in a duplicate post, and one of them (usually, but not always the newer one) will be deleted and the other accepted, to keep all of the comments and answers in the same thread. It's possible that this is why you got that message from an Admin.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2017-06-14 02:42:38 -0500 )edit

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