How To Enable The Playback Of Flash Content Protected By DRM

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, many sites protect their multumedia content by using the DRM technology over Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. In order to enables the playback of Flash content protected by DRM, we have to install  HAL, which has been replaced on Ubuntu Saucy with udev. For more information about HAL, see this article.

In this article I will show you how to install Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and Linux Mint 16 Petra.

Because there is a dedicated PPA containing Hal with support for Ubuntu 13.10 and derivates, installing it is easy. Just do:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install hal

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8 comments on “How To Enable The Playback Of Flash Content Protected By DRM
  1. Benjamin Cohen says:

    Thanks so much for demonstrating how to install HAL on 13.10! You’re awesome.

  2. Nate says:

    You Rock!

  3. Fred Zingeser says:

    AWESOME!! thank you so much. this issue was driving me nuts. couldn’t get windows emulators working; even tried to install windows in another partition; that failed too!

    now i can get caught up on GAME OF THRONES!! yippee!! 🙂

    (not mention other cool stuff on HBOGO)

  4. Jole says:

    THX a lot!

  5. troypdx says:

    Hurrah! Now able to stream the 2014 Tour De France stage replays from NBC Sports website.

  6. Stevee says:

    Worked great for Hulu’s Community on lubuntu 14.04. Note: In case it matters, my install started with lubuntu. Later, I added unity-desktop, which I rarely use. I was logged in under lxde for this fix.

  7. Ed Money says:

    This is a real life saver, ok, ok, so it’ll actually help me to waste time…

    I’m yet another refugee from windows & I was sick of the crashing, updates & viruses, so going back to Linux (I started with .99 pl 12) was a no-brainer. It’s just that I do watch a lot of videos on hulu so had almost given up on watching them on Linux until this simple little fix was proffered. Now I can have my Linux & get my Anime again!!

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