I was prowling NBC's sizable Olympic Web site when I got the dreaded notice: while Firefox is supported in Mac and Windoze, Linux versions weren't supported.
This means the considerable amount of online video available to other users is out of reach of the Linux crowd.
Any ideas for circumventing this? (I'm running the latest Ubuntu and Firefox).
Oops. Prior search missed this - another thread on the same subject in the cafe. Note the fact they didn't find a workaround either...
UPDATE: Partial Solution Found
Thanks to the work of several members, we now have a partial solution; a Python script that searches out the Windows Media Player video on the NBC-Olympics Web site:
Many still report sound-related issues, but at least the videos are playing. I've made as many overtures as possible to NBC and MS in the hopes they'll make changes and offer Linux users the exact same access to videos given Windows users who don't wish to install the Silverlight plugin.
ANOTHER UPDATE: This Seems to Work For Most
Progress has been made to the point that I sent my wife's Windows laptop back to her workplace: This post seems to have found the most reliable method for watching streaming video on Ubuntu Linux:
ANOTHER UPDATE: Olympics Over, I'm calling this a win
The Olympics officially ended last night, but I'm still watching video (3,000 meter women's steeplechase going now - a race I highly recommend). It wasn't perhaps the easiest video stream to get, but I really appreciate everyone's help in arriving at a couple useful solutions.
Great stuff, and a good example of the power of community.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed.