Re: trying to watch a tv show from a web site....
On Sunday 10 May 2009, Michael Fothergill wrote:
> [stuff deleted]
> The blurb on the site says that they are using DRM (digital rights
> management) to keep out hackers but are probably also not helping linux
> "4oD Catch-Up uses Adobe's RTMP-E solution to prevent unauthorised access
> to Channel 4 programmes."
> What is RTMP-E?
> Is there any kind of video codec or some other package that I could install
> with synaptic (maybe non-free) to get this to work or is this only viewable
> in an MS Windows
RTMP-E isn't a codec, it's a streaming protocol. The underlying codec is just
ordinary MPEG-4, which most things can deal with as long as you have ffmpeg
installed and you built it with enable-gpl.
For awhile, get_iplayer (http://www.linuxcentre.net/) used to be able to
download Channel 4 programmes. The latest rtmpdump
(https://sourceforge.net/projects/rtmpdump/) (which get_iplayer uses) can
certainly handle rtmp-e. I believe C4 have moved the goalposts since then,
though, so the older version probably won't work anymore.
There's a faint glimmer of hope in that the latest get_iplayer is based on a
modular architecture and supports plug-ins. So it'd be worth watching the
site to see if anyone volunteers to get channel four going again (or you
could have a go yourself).
Best of luck to you. And don't forget, you have in your possession a piece of
paper saying you're *entitled* to watch that show!
delta echo bravo six four at earthshod dot co dot uk