media

The US media industry has it backwards

I'm sure I've blogged about it at some point before, but I sincerely believe that the US media industry (particularly, the RIAA and MPAA - collectively the *AAs) have way too much lobbying power and are using their lawyers in substitution of adaptation.

This hilarious TED talk called 'Copyright Math' by Rob Reid just about sums the entire story up. They refuse to change their business plan to meet customer's new needs and then proceed blame any potential lost profits (which were determined based on outrageous projections to begin with) on rampant piracy online and copyright infringement.

Anyways, I'm blogging about his because I just saw this article on TorrentFreak: Student Fined For Running Movie & TV Show Subtitle Download Site. This student had a website where people could upload subtitle files that they themselves had translated, resulting in a movie subtitle database with translations for various local language dialects. Sounds great, even for the copyright owners, right? This community site is offering a way for people who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the movie to view and understand the movie. That means more people consuming the media and more (yes, legitimate) content buyers. That's more money in your pocket, *AAs.

The movie studio's reaction to this? Sue the site owner of course, even after he took it offline willingly.

Hey, *AAs, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. If people are turning away to other services, that's because yours is lacking something. If people are mass pirating your content, that's because the pirates gives a better user experience than the DRM, ad-encumbered media we paying customers have to deal with. And most importantly, if you cut off sites like these and don't cater to that user base, then you're just losing potential revenue. Stop blaming it on piracy. This one's entirely on you.

Edit: A Slashdot story linking to an article called Game of Thrones Crowned Most Pirated TV-Show of the Season just came in... Yet another great example of this concept. Game of Thrones is a excellent TV series but in order to watch it HBO mandates that not only do you subscribe to a cable subscription, but also that you buy HBO on that cable subscription. You cannot pay for HBO Go on its own, nor can you get the media from other digital distribution networks such as the iTunes Store until the next season starts and HBO releases the entire season to DVD/Blu-ray/online distributors (relevant: this Oatmeal comic). HBO's stance on things is that watching TV over the Internet is a "temporary phenomenon"... Yeah, sure.

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Gazette and CTV interview!

Last May (the week of the 21st) I was interviewed by the Gazette by surprise - one of my clients had sent a letter to the Gazette and they wanted to interview me about Diffingo and the free support/software I offer. Then the same day that the article was published CTV asked for and interview as well! If you'd like to have a look, here is the article and the CTV interview:

Gazette article (PNG image, 5.8MB)
CTV Interview (QuickTime/MP4 movie, 3.3MB)

Need QuickTime? Get it here.

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Media (DVD, mp3, etc) playback in Fedora

The Fedora project believes in free software, and seeing as such patent-encumbered or proprietary formats are not included in the Fedora distributions. Unfortunately, that means that that media such as DVDs, MP3s, many types of video, Java content and .swf Flash content cannot be viewed on a fresh install of Fedora. This guide will show you how to install various plugins and codecs to allow the playback of this type of content.

Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.

Requirements

 

All at Once!

To install all the codecs, applications and plugins mentioned in this howto at once, run:

yum -y install totem-xine libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay livdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi \
mplayerplug-in mplayer mplayer-gui xine-lib-extras-nonfree \
xine-lib-extras libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay compat-libstdc++-33 \
gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly
su -c "totem-backend -b xine"

DVD Playback

yum -y install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

Note that libdvdcss and the other libraries listed here may be illegal to distribute, install or use depending on your local copyright laws. Distribute/install/use at your own risk, I'm not responsible for anything that happens as a result.

Totem-Xine

Totem-Xine is a movie player that is based on Xine and not GStreamer. Using the Xine backend will allow for playback of media such as DVD, WMV, MPEG video and more! Recent changes in Fedora 9 have allowed you to install the Xine and Gstreamer backends at once - Here's how to select the Xine backend as the default one:

yum -y install totem-xine xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras
su -c "totem-backend -b xine"

MPlayer and MPlayerPlug-In

MPlayer is also a movie player like Totem, although I find interface of MPlayer harder to use compared to totem-xine and additionally there is no support for DVD menus at the moment. Still, mplayer offers a web plugin for Mozilla/Firefox and packs in tons of codecs making it a valuable package.

yum -y install mplayer mplayer-gui mplayerplug-in

 

GStreamer plugins

Seeing as Fedora uses the GStreamer engine for many programs, it's a must to install the extra GStreamer plugin packs. This is the package that will allow for MP3 playback on your Fedora system.

yum -y install gstreamer gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

 

Macromedia Adobe Flash Player

rpm -Uhv http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
yum -y install flash-plugin

Java (JRE) and JRE web plugin

yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk java-1.6.0-openjdk-plugin

 

RealPlayer

Please click 'RPM Package' on this page, then save that file in your home. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories or System Tools > Terminal) and type:

rpm -Uhv RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm && rm RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm -f

RealPlayer and the Mozilla plugin should now be installed.

 
Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.
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Media (DVD, mp3, etc) playback in Fedora

The Fedora project believes in free software, and seeing as such patent-encumbered or proprietary formats are not included in the Fedora distributions. Unfortunately, that means that that media such as DVDs, MP3s, many types of video, Java content and .swf Flash content cannot be viewed on a fresh install of Fedora. This guide will show you how to install various plugins and codecs to allow the playback of this type of content.

Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.

Requirements

 

All at Once!

To install all the codecs, applications and plugins mentioned in this howto at once, run:

yum -y install totem-xine libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay livdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi \
mplayerplug-in mplayer mplayer-gui xine-lib-extras-nonfree \
xine-lib-extras libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay compat-libstdc++-33 \
gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly
su -c "totem-backend -b xine"

DVD Playback

yum -y install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

Note that libdvdcss and the other libraries listed here may be illegal to distribute, install or use depending on your local copyright laws. Distribute/install/use at your own risk, I'm not responsible for anything that happens as a result.

Totem-Xine

Totem-Xine is a movie player that is based on Xine and not GStreamer. Using the Xine backend will allow for playback of media such as DVD, WMV, MPEG video and more! Recent changes in Fedora 9 have allowed you to install the Xine and Gstreamer backends at once - Here's how to select the Xine backend as the default one:

yum -y install totem-xine xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras
su -c "totem-backend -b xine"

MPlayer and MPlayerPlug-In

MPlayer is also a movie player like Totem, although I find interface of MPlayer harder to use compared to totem-xine and additionally there is no support for DVD menus at the moment. Still, mplayer offers a web plugin for Mozilla/Firefox and packs in tons of codecs making it a valuable package.

yum -y install mplayer mplayer-gui mplayerplug-in

 

GStreamer plugins

Seeing as Fedora uses the GStreamer engine for many programs, it's a must to install the extra GStreamer plugin packs. This is the package that will allow for MP3 playback on your Fedora system.

yum -y install gstreamer gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

 

Macromedia Adobe Flash Player

rpm -Uhv http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
yum -y install flash-plugin

Java (JRE) and JRE web plugin

yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk java-1.6.0-openjdk-plugin

 

 

RealPlayer

Please click 'Download RPM Package' on this page, then save that file in your home. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories or System Tools > Terminal) and type:

rpm -Uhv RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm && rm RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm -f

RealPlayer and the Mozilla plugin should now be installed.

 
Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.
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Media (DVD, mp3, etc) playback in Fedora

The Fedora project believes in free software, and seeing as such patent-encumbered or proprietary formats are not included in the Fedora distributions. Unfortunately, that means that that media such as DVDs, MP3s, many types of video, Java content and .swf Flash content cannot be viewed on a fresh install of Fedora. This guide will show you how to install various plugins and codecs to allow the playback of this type of content.

Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.

Requirements

 

All at Once!

To install all the codecs, applications and plugins mentioned in this howto at once, run:

yum -y remove totem;yum -y install totem-xine libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay \
livdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi gecko-mediaplayer mplayer mplayer-gui xine-lib-extras-nonfree \
xine-lib-extras libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay compat-libstdc++-33 \
gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

Remember that removing totem may remove additional applications - If you'd like them back, make sure you add them to the 'yum install' command.

DVD Playback

yum -y install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

Note that libdvdcss and the other libraries listed here may be illegal to distribute, install or use depending on your local copyright laws. Distribute/install/use at your own risk, I'm not responsible for anything that happens as a result.

Totem-Xine

Totem-Xine is a movie player that is based on Xine and not GStreamer. While the interface is exactly the same as Fedora's Totem player, using the Xine backend will allow for playback of media such as DVD, WMV, MPEG video and more.

yum -y remove totem;yum -y install totem-xine xine-lib-extras-nonfree \
xine-lib-extras
Remember that removing totem may remove additional applications - If you'd like them back, make sure you add them to the 'yum install' command.

MPlayer and MPlayerPlug-In

MPlayer is also a movie player like Totem, although I find interface of MPlayer harder to use compared to totem-xine and additionally there is no support for DVD menus at the moment. Still, mplayer offers a web plugin for Mozilla/Firefox and packs in tons of codecs making it a valuable package.

yum -y install mplayer mplayer-gui gecko-mediaplayer

 

GStreamer plugins

Seeing as Fedora uses the GStreamer engine for many programs, it's a must to install the extra GStreamer plugin packs. This is the package that will allow for MP3 playback on your Fedora system.

yum -y install gstreamer gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

 

Macromedia Adobe Flash Player

rpm -Uhv http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
yum -y install flash-plugin

Java (JRE) and JRE web plugin

Please see this howto for instructions.

 

RealPlayer

Please click 'Download RPM Package' on this page, then save that file in your home. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories or System Tools > Terminal) and type:

rpm -Uhv RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm && rm RealPlayer11GOLD.rpm -f

RealPlayer and the Mozilla plugin should now be installed.

 
Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.
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Media (DVD, mp3, etc) playback in Fedora

The Fedora project believes in free software, and seeing as such patent-encumbered or proprietary formats are not included in the Fedora distributions. Unfortunately, that means that that media such as DVDs, MP3s, many types of video, Java content and .swf Flash content cannot be viewed on a fresh install of Fedora. This guide will show you how to install various plugins and codecs to allow the playback of this type of content.

Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.

Requirements

 

All at Once!

To install all the codecs, applications and plugins mentioned in this howto at once, run:

yum -y remove totem totem-plparser;yum -y install totem-xine totem-xine-plparser rhythmbox \
libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay livdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi mplayerplug-in mplayer mplayer-gui \
xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay compat-libstdc++-33

Remember that removing totem may remove additional applications - If you'd like them back, make sure you add them to the 'yum install' command.

DVD Playback

yum -y install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

Note that libdvdcss and the other libraries listed here may be illegal to distribute, install or use depending on your local copyright laws. Distribute/install/use at your own risk, I'm not responsible for anything that happens as a result.

Totem-Xine

Totem-Xine is a movie player that is based on Xine and not GStreamer. While the interface is exactly the same as Fedora's Totem player, using the Xine backend will allow for playback of media such as DVD, WMV, MPEG video and more.

yum -y remove totem totem-plparser;yum -y install totem-xine totem-xine-plparser rhythmbox \
xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras
Remember that removing totem may remove additional applications - If you'd like them back, make sure you add them to the 'yum install' command.

MPlayer and MPlayerPlug-In

MPlayer is also a movie player like Totem, although I find interface of MPlayer harder to use compared to totem-xine and additionally there is no support for DVD menus at the moment. Still, mplayer offers a web plugin for Mozilla/Firefox and packs in tons of codecs making it a valuable package.

yum -y install mplayer mplayer-gui mplayerplug-in

 

GStreamer plugins

Seeing as Fedora uses the GStreamer engine for many programs, it's a must to install the extra GStreamer plugin packs. This is the package that will allow for MP3 playback on your Fedora system.

yum -y install gstreamer gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

 

Macromedia Adobe Flash Player

rpm -Uhv http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
yum -y install flash-plugin

Java (JRE) and JRE web plugin

Please see this howto for instructions.

 

RealPlayer

Please click 'Download RPM Package' on this page, then save that file in your home. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories or System Tools > Terminal) and type:

rpm -Uhv RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm && rm RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm -f

RealPlayer and the Mozilla plugin should now be installed.

 
Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.
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Media (DVD, mp3, etc) playback in Fedora

The Fedora project believes in free software, and seeing as such patent-encumbered or proprietary formats are not included in the Fedora distributions. Unfortunately, that means that that media such as DVDs, MP3s, many types of video, Java content and .swf Flash content cannot be viewed on a fresh install of Fedora. This guide will show you how to install various plugins and codecs to allow the playback of this type of content.

Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.

Requirements

 

All at Once!

To install all the codecs, applications and plugins mentioned in this howto at once, run:

yum -y remove totem;yum -y install totem-xine totem-plparser \
libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay livdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi gecko-mediaplayer mplayer mplayer-gui \
xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay compat-libstdc++-33

Remember that removing totem may remove additional applications - If you'd like them back, make sure you add them to the 'yum install' command.

DVD Playback

yum -y install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

Note that libdvdcss and the other libraries listed here may be illegal to distribute, install or use depending on your local copyright laws. Distribute/install/use at your own risk, I'm not responsible for anything that happens as a result.

Totem-Xine

Totem-Xine is a movie player that is based on Xine and not GStreamer. While the interface is exactly the same as Fedora's Totem player, using the Xine backend will allow for playback of media such as DVD, WMV, MPEG video and more.

yum -y remove totem;yum -y install totem-xine xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras

MPlayer and MPlayerPlug-In

MPlayer is also a movie player like Totem, although I find interface of MPlayer harder to use compared to totem-xine and additionally there is no support for DVD menus at the moment. Still, mplayer offers a web plugin for Mozilla/Firefox and packs in tons of codecs making it a valuable package.

yum -y install mplayer mplayer-gui gecko-mediaplayer

 

GStreamer plugins

Seeing as Fedora uses the GStreamer engine for many programs, it's a must to install the extra GStreamer plugin packs. This is the package that will allow for MP3 playback on your Fedora system.

yum -y install gstreamer gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

 

Macromedia Adobe Flash Player

rpm -Uhv http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
yum -y install flash-plugin

Java (JRE) and JRE web plugin

Please see this howto for instructions.

 

RealPlayer

Please click 'Download RPM Package' on this page, then save that file in your home. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories or System Tools > Terminal) and type:

rpm -Uhv RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm && rm RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm -f

RealPlayer and the Mozilla plugin should now be installed.

 
Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.
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Media (DVD, mp3, etc) playback in Fedora

The Fedora project believes in free software, and seeing as such patent-encumbered or proprietary formats are not included in the Fedora distributions. Unfortunately, that means that that media such as DVDs, MP3s, many types of video, Java content and .swf Flash content cannot be viewed on a fresh install of Fedora. This guide will show you how to install various plugins and codecs to allow the playback of this type of content.

Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.

Requirements

 

All at Once!

To install all the codecs, applications and plugins mentioned in this howto at once, run:

yum -y remove totem totem-plparser;yum -y install totem-xine totem-xine-plparser rhythmbox \
libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay livdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi mplayerplug-in mplayer mplayer-gui \
xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay compat-libstdc++-33

Remember that removing totem may remove additional applications - If you'd like them back, make sure you add them to the 'yum install' command.

DVD Playback

yum -y install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

Note that libdvdcss and the other libraries listed here may be illegal to distribute, install or use depending on your local copyright laws. Distribute/install/use at your own risk, I'm not responsible for anything that happens as a result.

Totem-Xine

Totem-Xine is a movie player that is based on Xine and not GStreamer. While the interface is exactly the same as Fedora's Totem player, using the Xine backend will allow for playback of media such as DVD, WMV, MPEG video and more.

yum -y remove totem totem-plparser;yum -y install totem-xine totem-xine-plparser rhythmbox \
xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine-lib-extras
Remember that removing totem may remove additional applications - If you'd like them back, make sure you add them to the 'yum install' command.

MPlayer and MPlayerPlug-In

MPlayer is also a movie player like Totem, although I find interface of MPlayer harder to use compared to totem-xine and additionally there is no support for DVD menus at the moment. Still, mplayer offers a web plugin for Mozilla/Firefox and packs in tons of codecs making it a valuable package.

yum -y install mplayer mplayer-gui mplayerplug-in

 

GStreamer plugins

Seeing as Fedora uses the GStreamer engine for many programs, it's a must to install the extra GStreamer plugin packs. This is the package that will allow for MP3 playback on your Fedora system.

yum -y install gstreamer gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

 

Macromedia Adobe Flash Player

rpm -Uhv http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
yum -y install flash-plugin

Java (JRE) and JRE web plugin

Please see this howto for instructions.

 

RealPlayer

Please click 'Download RPM Package' on this page, then save that file in your home. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories or System Tools > Terminal) and type:

rpm -Uhv RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm && rm RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm -f

RealPlayer and the Mozilla plugin should now be installed.

 
Need more help or want to ask a question? Discuss this topic here.
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