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Old 01-01-2019, 12:44 AM   #1
luvbodhi
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XFINITY/COMCAST Video Streaming Not Working


I wanted to stream XFINITY TV/Movies on my bodhi-5.0.0-64 Linux notebook. I did some googling and tried installing FireFox and got Flash working in FireFox. When I try to view XFINITY streaming i get to:

https://www.xfinity.com/stream/adding-device

and the screen never updates after that.

It seems like this has been a problem for several years and there is not a lot of recent activity on this subject.

Anyone know how to get XFINITY working on a Linux system?
 
Old 01-01-2019, 12:17 PM   #2
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I do have it working on my ASUS C300M Chromebook. I have not tried to get it working on my other Linux systems. You will get no help from Xfinity/Comcast. There are Xfinity forums, but they are mostly filled with the helpless asking for support from the clueless.

Initially, I could not get it working. I spent maybe a month with their tech support, suffering through enumerable callbacks and reboots, trying to figure out why before some bright bulb finally figured my set-top box needed to be upgraded. Apparently, their stream originate locally from the the set-top decoders you host on your home lan.

That said, on my Chromebook the streaming I do get is miserable. I have no issues with any other streaming service, but on xfinity the performance halts and skips every minute or so. Frequently, the audio and video get totally disconnected, which requires me to stop and restart the player. Again, this appears to be brought up in their forums. I'll live with it as it is.
 
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:48 PM   #3
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Thanks pwalden,

Ferreting through google results on the topic it seems like people gave up on this in 2017.

In your particular case which OS/browser/plugins are you using to view Xfinity?

You're using a Chromebook so I'm guessing you're using the Chrome OS + Chrome. I haven't used a Chromebook so not for sure if you can install other browsers and plugins like Flash.
 
Old 01-01-2019, 08:00 PM   #4
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Thanks pwalden,

Ferreting through google results on the topic it seems like people gave up on this in 2017.

In your particular case which OS/browser/plugins are you using to view Xfinity?

You're using a Chromebook so I'm guessing you're using the Chrome OS + Chrome. I haven't used a Chromebook so not for sure if you can install other browsers and plugins like Flash.
Yes, it is a Asus C300M, Version 70.0.3538.110 (Official Build) (64-bit). The Browser is Chrome and when I access the Xfinity streaming site, it automatically requests to use and enable flash. I did not install flash, so I assume it was include with Chrome.

Most of the time I use the laptop with crouton/ubuntu xenial. I just switch back to Chrome for sites that are fussy about using "Standard" broswers.
 
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:35 AM   #5
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Maybe Xfinity is a bit more friendly with the ChromeBook community. I tried installing Google Chrome, not Chromium, from https://www.google.com/chrome/. When I try to stream Xfinity I'm prompted with Xfinity streaming is not supported. With Flash enabled on Google's Chrome, Chromium, and Firefox Xfinity doesn't work when running on Linux. I was hoping maybe there was some way to configure a browser to make Xfinity think the browser was running on Windows and then it would work.

Thanks for the input pwalden.

Last edited by luvbodhi; 01-15-2019 at 11:59 PM.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 08:52 PM   #6
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The following URL (and URLS contained within the post) may help you getting Xfinity to work on a Linux (debian-based) system. Rumor is 2020 now for the Flash to HTML5 transition. In short, you install browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash & pepperflashplugin-nonfree and swap out the libpepflashplayer.so (non DRM) to a compatible-build libpepflashplayer.so (with DRM--from ChromeOS) and also installing a user-agent spoofer/switcher for Firefox (ver. 42-60+) to fool evil Comcast into thinking you are running a Winbloze PC with compatible browser.

https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2405247

You're welcome.

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