I hired 'Rise of the Guardians' today off of Google Play. Cool, my son's off school, let's watch a movie. Oh dread... error message just popped up saying 'You need to upgrade your flash player'. Ok well that's impossible in Firefox as flash is stuck at version 11.2. My son's starting to hate me for putting Ubuntu on the laptop connected to the TV. Think quick, right let's install Google Chrome. I know that has the Pepper API which runs the latest version of Flash. Great, all done. Now let's play the movie. Crap... just a black screen but no movie. Let's investigate further. Are you kidding me, the Pepper API has a known issue with supporting DRM content on Linux. Argh...
So my question to anyone who knows... WTF can I do to get movies streaming on Ubuntu now? I had to resort to using my son's Windows 8 machine to play the movie. Here's the rub... Google uses its own version of Ubuntu to develop Andriod and other services (in-house, Mac OS and Windows are vaguely supported). So why would they make a stupid move like this, knowing the limited support for Flash on Linux, to force everyone to use a later version where DRM won't work?
I did ring Google directly, they returned my call immediately (respect for that). I'm in Sydney Australia, and the gentleman who called back was from Ohio I think, not sure on that one. Anyway, his support PC was a Windows machine. Wow, even Google still use their competitor's OS for daily tasks. Anyway, he couldn't answer my query, he had no experience with Linux (disappointed on that). So develop on Linux and run your support on Windows, brilliant!
Can anyone shed any light on a possible solution? Installing HAL is not going to save us here.... I've already done that. It worked fine up until today.
Thanks in advance.