View Full Version : Silverlight / mms / wmv

June 17th, 2009, 05:01 PM

I'm trying to create a plugin for the Norwegian Broadcast Corporation (NRK) (http://nrkbrowser.appspot.com). They have all their clips on a windows media server. According to vlc, the
clips are encoded in the wmv3 codec (however i suppose that is the name of the codec in vlc rather than actually being version3 of the wmv format)

The clips can be accessed through an mms url, i.e.

However, if I try to load that url in boxee, it tries to open the clip through the http protocol, which just returns the corresponding asx instead of the video stream. I suppose it should use the mms or rtsp protocol instead, but I have yet to find a way for boxee to open mms or rtsp streams.

Question 1: Any suggestions for making wmv streams from windows media server working in boxee?

As an alternative, it is also possible to access the clips through a silverlight player embedded on the NRK website. I have extracted the necessary html and javascript to run the player, and have created a very simplified website showing it: http://nrkbrowser.appspot.com/player/450396

When I pass this url to boxee through the flash:// protocol, it starts the bxflplayer, and if I have recently used hulu, I can see it navigates away from the previous website, but the screen remains black without showing the html served by the server or starting the video.

Question 2: Does boxee really support silverlight (on linux)?

I could not find a moonlight plugin in the system/players/flashplayer/xulrunner/plugins, so i copied silverlight-media-pack-linux-x86-5-1.so from my firefox plugin folder, but it didn't really make a difference. please advise.


June 17th, 2009, 06:15 PM
I'm pretty sure Linux doesn't support silver-light at all. This is why netflix is not available on the platform.

June 18th, 2009, 02:52 AM
okey, so silverlight is only on osx?

that's a bummer. And it's really frustrating that boxee haven't opensourced bxflplayer (which they probably should have, according to the GPL) or any other component that isn't more or less verbatim xbmc. I can't believe it would be that hard to add moonlight support, if I only had a little more that a binary to start from.


June 24th, 2009, 07:44 PM
I'm pretty sure Linux doesn't support silver-light at all. This is why netflix is not available on the platform.

Moonlight. But it's no good at DRM video AFAIK.

December 2nd, 2010, 02:58 AM
take a look at this: NRK.no Web-TV in Boxee (http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=23501) :)