Amazon Instant Video on Debian Jessie
Use google chrome to watch Amazon Instant Video on Debian Jessie. More details below.
Playing a video from Amazon Instant Video on Iceweasel gives
Unsupported Browser This web browser isn't compatible with Amazon Video. Please use one of the following web browsers: Google Chrome (latest version)
Even after changing the user agent in Tools -> Browsers - Linux to one of Chrome 43.0 (64 bit), Chrome 44.0 (32 bit), Firefox 40.0 (32 bit), Firefox 38.0 (64 bit) the problem remains the same.
Playing the same on Chromium gives
Digital Rights Error Your web browser is missing a digital rights component. In the address bar, go to chrome://plugins and ensure Widevine Content Decryption Module is enabled. If missing, install it by going to chrome://components and under WidevineCdm, click Check for update. For further assistance, please contact Amazon Customer Service at www.amazon.com/videohelp and refer to error 7235.
Machine is running Debian Jessie, the current stable version.
% dpkg -l iceweasel chromium | grep ^ii ii chromium 47.0.2526.80-1~deb8u1 amd64 web browser ii iceweasel 38.4.0esr-1~deb8u1 amd64 Web browser based on Firefox
Install google chrome by following links in https://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/ -> https://www.google.com/chrome/ -> Download . Amazon Instant Video is working in google chrome even without libhal1-flash, pepperflashplugin-nonfree. Here is the list of packages I currently have.
% dpkg -l google-chrome-stable iceweasel chromium \*flash\* | grep ^ii ii chromium 47.0.2526.80-1~deb8u1 amd64 web browser ii flashplugin-nonfree 1:3.6.1 amd64 Adobe Flash Player - browser plugin ii google-chrome-stable 47.0.2526.106-1 amd64 The web browser from Google ii iceweasel 38.4.0esr-1~deb8u1 amd64 Web browser based on Firefox
- While testing this out, I installed and removed libhal1-flash, pepperflashplugin-nonfree. I am not sure if that did the trick. But now it works in google chrome even without them.
- Even with libhal1-flash, pepperflashplugin-nonfree installed, Amazon video does not work in chromium and iceweasel. I still get the above errors.
- To install the pepperflashplugin-nonfree package
sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree
- To install the libhal1-flash
Add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org jessie main non-free
Update the package list
sudo apt-get update
Install the libhal1-flash package
sudo apt-get install libhal1-flash