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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

watching netflix previews

By default, watching netflix previews in firefox on Debian Etch (currently testing) gives "click here to download plugin" error. The error looks like

Even if you click on the green button nothing productive happens. Firefox just complains that "No suitable plugins were found". Duh!

The solution is to install the mozilla-mplayer package.
rajudell:~# cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb etch main contrib non-free
deb-src etch main contrib non-free

deb etch/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src etch/updates main contrib non-free

deb etch main

rajudell:~# aptitude update

rajudell:~# aptitude install mozilla-mplayer
At the "Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?]" prompt, just press 'y' and then 'Enter'. Pressing 'Enter' alone will also work as 'Y' is the default here.

Once you do this, the videos embed nicely in firefox. The audio works fine too!

Hope that helps all you multimedia folks. Tested this on Debian Etch (testing) running firefox (1.5.dfsg+, mozilla-mplayer (3.21-1). As usual, comments on whether the article has been helpful, errors, feedback etc., are most welcome.

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