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Old 5th February 2012, 03:01 AM
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Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

For anyone who hasn't heard (as I didn't until today), Amazon's Instant Video service is now DRMed. This is done using flash features that don't work on Linux unless HAL is installed. Because HAL is obsolete, this means that Amazon Instant Video is tricky to run on most Linux distributions, and probably impossible on Fedora 16 (are merely extremely difficult/tedious on Fedora 15).

From what I've read, many of the Amazon tech support people have never even heard of Linux either. They also made this change without telling anyone.
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Old 5th February 2012, 03:25 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

it would also effect other linux distro's that have obseleted HAL also, not just fedora
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Old 5th February 2012, 03:34 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

True, but there is no Fedora workaround like there is for Ubuntu and others. At least not for Fedora 16. 15 can still get HAL installed.
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Old 8th February 2012, 08:34 PM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

Quote:
Originally Posted by deanej View Post
there is no Fedora workaround like there is for Ubuntu and others. At least not for Fedora 16.
People have reportedly got it working in F16 by installing the F15 HAL packages and manually starting the HAL services. Sounds like it's not too difficult to do.
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Old 11th February 2012, 08:06 PM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

Thanks! I tried this and it worked.

Quote:
Originally Posted by RupertPupkin View Post
People have reportedly got it working in F16 by installing the F15 HAL packages and manually starting the HAL services. Sounds like it's not too difficult to do.

Here's what I did:

1. Download these rpms (32 bit versions, if you have a 64 bit os you can find a link on the page for it):

http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38...oarch.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html

2. Close all browsers.

3. Install the packages in this order:

Double click hal-libs-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm and follow the prompts to install as you would any rpm.

Double click hal-filesystem-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm and follow the prompts to install as you would any rpm.

Open a terminal and become root by typing the command
Code:
su -
enter your root password.

Install the remaining packages: (Don't forget to change the path to the file.)
Code:
rpm -ivh --nodeps /home/username/Downloads/hal-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm
Code:
rpm -ivh --nodeps /home/username/Downloads/hal-info-20090716-4.fc15.noarch.rpm
Code:
rpm -ivh --nodeps /home/username/Downloads/hal-storage-addon-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm
4. Start HAL Daemon:

Code:
/etc/init.d/haldaemon start
If everything worked out, you should now be able to watch Amazon Instant Video.
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Old 21st April 2012, 03:38 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

Didn't work for me on 64-bit system. Bummer.

I like Fedora better, but since the only shows I ever watch are a handful on Amazon I guess it is back to Ubuntu or MInt On those distros "sudo apt-get install hal" fixed the issues for me. I don't understand linux well enough to know why it has to be more complicated on Fedora, but I'm bummed.

I'll play with it a few more days, if anyone has any ideas to share...

---------- Post added at 07:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:33 PM ----------

I should add - the packages all installed and the hal daemon actually starts. But it still won't play.
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Old 22nd April 2012, 03:20 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

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I don't understand linux well enough to know why it has to be more complicated on Fedora, but I'm bummed.
Ubuntu and Mint don't remove obsolete packages at the drop of a hat. Fedora likes to be bleeding edge, so no hal.


Quote:
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I'm curious. I have Fedora 16 x86_64 and no hal installed (checked with rpm -qa | grep hal) and yet Amazon Prime videos do work for me. Is this more a flash issue than a hal issue?
It depends on the show. Amazon hasn't DRMed everything for some reason. It's not a TV vs Movie thing; every episode of Star Trek has DRM on it as well. I can't see a pattern.
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Old 26th April 2012, 03:56 PM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

I just wanted to add that I installed the 64bit packages based on what kaiserman suggested. The only thing I did differently was install them all at once using

Code:
yum localinstall ...
This seemed to fix everything.
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Old 17th November 2012, 03:10 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

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I just wanted to add that I installed the 64bit packages based on what kaiserman suggested. The only thing I did differently was install them all at once using

Code:
yum localinstall ...
This seemed to fix everything.
Came via google.
Just a bump in case anyone had the same problem as me I found the solution here.

I have Fedora 17 x64 and had problems playing DRMed flash content on RTÉ player (rte.ie)

After gathering all the hal related rpms I did as scottfones suggested and ran:

Code:
sudo yum localinstall hal-0.5.14-11.el6.x86_64.rpm hal-filesystem-0.5.14-6.fc15.x86_64.rpm hal-info-20090716-3.1.el6.noarch.rpm hal-libs-0.5.14-11.el6.x86_64.rpm hal-storage-addon-0.5.14-11.el6.x86_64.rpm
Worked perfectly.
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Old 6th January 2013, 02:55 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

Quote:
Originally Posted by scottfones View Post
I just wanted to add that I installed the 64bit packages based on what kaiserman suggested. The only thing I did differently was install them all at once using

Code:
yum localinstall ...
This seemed to fix everything.
The old way: "yum localinstall <package>.rpm" is unnecessary. "yum install <package>.rpm" is fine (yum now figures out that a file is local and just works)
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Old 25th May 2012, 03:07 PM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

Thanks Kaiserman!

That fixed it for me!
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Old 28th November 2013, 03:20 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaiserman View Post
Thanks! I tried this and it worked.




Here's what I did:

1. Download these rpms (32 bit versions, if you have a 64 bit os you can find a link on the page for it):

http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38...oarch.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html
http://pkgs.org/fedora-15/fedora-i38....i686.rpm.html

2. Close all browsers.

3. Install the packages in this order:

Double click hal-libs-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm and follow the prompts to install as you would any rpm.

Double click hal-filesystem-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm and follow the prompts to install as you would any rpm.

Open a terminal and become root by typing the command
Code:
su -
enter your root password.

Install the remaining packages: (Don't forget to change the path to the file.)
Code:
rpm -ivh --nodeps /home/username/Downloads/hal-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm
Code:
rpm -ivh --nodeps /home/username/Downloads/hal-info-20090716-4.fc15.noarch.rpm
Code:
rpm -ivh --nodeps /home/username/Downloads/hal-storage-addon-0.5.14-6.fc15.i686.rpm
4. Start HAL Daemon:

Code:
/etc/init.d/haldaemon start
If everything worked out, you should now be able to watch Amazon Instant Video.
I can't see what the problem is. Perhaps it is because I do not shop Amazon, but give the business locally. By giving the business locally, it may cost me a trifle more (retailer has more overheads), but he employs locals, and my extra 3-4 dollars does more good than that savings at Amazon.

And for electronics, I buy at Newegg.
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Old 5th February 2012, 03:39 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

whats the work-a-round in Ubuntu?
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Old 5th February 2012, 03:43 AM
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Re: Amazon Instant Video: Fedora Support Gone

Here's the thread from Amazon with a ton of info and some Mint/Ubuntu workarounds: http://www.amazon.com/forum/amazon%2...TxFTGOK5LRL3JM
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Old 8th February 2012, 04:10 PM
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Amazon including Linux as Client for Streaming Video

I thought this one was worth mentioning.

http://ostatic.com/blog/amazon-com-i...eaming-service

My own feeling is that I'd love to see this suddenly get tons of users, showing the others, <cough>netflix<cough> how supporting Linux might help.

I remember when Louis CK put up his video for a $5.00 download. I think that one reason he quickly grossed over $1,000,000 USD was because people wanted to show big media that if you give us what we want, we will pay for it and that one cause of piracy (obviously not the only, but certainly one large contributing factor) is that one can download a movie and then own it, rather than have to worry about which video player, which country, etc.
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