Art Alexion on 13 Aug 2008 06:42:26 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Watching Olympic martial arts online in Linux?

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On Wednesday 13 August 2008 7:26:40 am Floyd Johnson wrote:
> It seems that NBC has "gatekeeper" code that checks your user agent, so
> as to prevent Linux users (I'm Fedora 7, Firefox 2.x) from getting the
> events that REALLY matter (Mac and Windows Firefoxes appear to be let
> through). If it isn't just me, how did you guys get the judo
> matches/plan for the upcoming taekwondo matches via your Linux boxen?

If you spoof your user agent, you will get a prompt to install the MS 
Silverlight plugin (remember the site is  The windows plugin 
won't run even if you install it.  An alternative is to install the Moonlight 
plugin (under development and part of the mono project) that Miguel de Icaza 
is delveloping with the blessing of MS under its treaties with Novell.  

I haven't tried it because I assume it is the same jingoistic coverage that is 
on NBC-TV — all Michael Phelps and beach volleyball, all the time — that is, 
only sports covered are those in which the US dominates.

On the other issue, the IOC "exclusive broadcast rights" agreements require 
each national or regional broadcaster to block IPs not from that region in 
order to ensure "exclusivity".

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