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Old 03-13-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Real Player for BBC .RAM files (world service) for Firefox on Suse 64 bit?

I have installed the Real Player 11 Gold for Linux on Suse 11.1/64 bit:
godzilla2:/home/brianp/download/realplayer # rpm -ivh RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm
Preparing... ########################################### [100%]
1:RealPlayer ########################################### [100%]

I already had the nspluginwrapper:
From YAST:
nspluginwrapper - Compatibility Layer for Netscape 4 Plug-Ins
nspluginwrapper is an Open Source compatibility plugin for Netscape 4 (NPAPI) plugins. It enables you to use plugins on platforms they were not built for. For example, you can use the plugins compiled for i386 in Mozilla on Linux/x86_64 or other architectures. This package consists of:
npviewer: the plug-in viewer the browser-side plug-in
nspluginwrapper: a tool to manage plug-ins installation and update
The level of support is unspecified

I seem to have an np wrapper on it:
godzilla2:/home/brianp # locate

I have the latest Firefox. From the help:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv: Gecko/2009012700 SUSE/3.0.6-0.1.2 Firefox/3.0.6

When I go to and hit the "Listen Live" link, I get a small popup pointing to this URL:

Looking at the page source, there is an href:
href="/mediaselector/check/worldservice/meta/tx/live_infent?size=au&amp;bgc=003399&amp;lang=en-ws&amp;nbram=1&amp;nbwm=1" title="Listen to the BBC World Service Live"><span>*</span>Listen Live</a>

It contains this error message:
We are sorry but you don't appear to have any compatible media plugins.

Below the error message are 3 icons that look small pieces of film. When I click on any of them, a tiny RealPlayer 11 pops up. The status message says "Buffering 0% - Start-up" and it never gets any farther. Hitting the stop and start buttons does nothing.

Does anybody in Linuxland listen to the BBC? How do you do it?

Thank you,

Old 03-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #2
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BBC is phasing out their older realplayer method of listening. They are now using the famous/notorious iplayer for their audio/video stuff. For listening you need to have the flashplayer plugin installed.
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Be aware that some BBC content is not streamed to locations outside the UK.
Old 03-13-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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I went to firefox -> edit -> preferences -> applications. There is no "content type" of RAM. There appears to be no way to add a new content type. I see a web feed and the action is "preview in firefox". The other options on the drop down menu are bloglines, my yahoo and google. I have no idea what this means. I see no means of associating flash with RAM content.

Under firefox -> tools, I see mediaPlayerConnectivity. Under mediaPlayerConnectivity, I see configure. I changed the "real media" application from /usr/bin/realplayer to /usr/bin/flashplayer. Now when I click on "listen live" (bbc world service), I get 5 popup windows:
1) Real player error:
General error: HXR_SOCK_CONNREFUSED (0x80040620) (pnm:// Kill it.
2) a tiny real player, stopped. All buttons including play, stop, file, view, tools, ... are dead. Kill it. Can't kill it.
3)X <2>: Folder contents could not be displayed.
Error stating file '/home/brianp/Documents/http:/': No such file or directory. Kill it.
4) same as 3. Kill it.
5) Small firefox window with URL:
The preferences button shows real player is selected.
"Launch this in standalone player" brings up a black box which says,
Media link(s) found in 'live infent_au_nb.asx"
There is a link "+ www15.asx"
The bottom of the window says "click link to play it".
Clicking does nothing.

What is this mediaPlayerConnectivity? I installed Firefox from the Suse 11.1 install DVD and then YAST updated it to the latest.

This whole setup appears to be catastrophically over-misengineered, or am I just too stupid to figure it out?

What am I doing wrong?

Thank you,

Old 03-13-2009, 04:26 PM   #5
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Deleted MediaPlayerConnectivity. Now no plugin can be found?

I don't know what mediaPlayerConnectivity is or how it got there so I nuked it. Good riddance.

Now, when I hit "listen live" (bbc world service), I get a small firefox window that says "click here to download plugin".

Clicking sends me to the plugin finder service:
No suitable plugins were found. Unknown plugin (video/x-ms-asf).

There is a link "for more information on plugins" which sends me to
It has adobe reader, flash player, java, quicktime, realplayer, shockwave and windoz media player.

I am also geting a weird error on on of my command shells:
WARNING: environment variable G_FILENAME_ENCODING set and it is not UTF-8
Connection failure: Connection refused

[1]+ Done /usr/bin/flashplayer

brianp@linux-wbgu:~/.thunderbird/umdv18jk.default/Mail$ env | grep G_FILENAME_ENCODING

I have no idea where this came from. It looks like some kind of internationalization. Adding "export G_FILENAME_ENCODING=UTF-8" to my .bashrc file:
brianp@linux-wbgu:~/.thunderbird/umdv18jk.default/Mail$ env | grep G_FILENAME_ENCODING

Didn't fix anything.

What is going on here?



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