A friend loves to stream television online to watch the football matches from England because of costly television channel subscriptions in Australia. I thought I’d write this guide to help him stream television so he doesn’t have to stay up until silly hours of the morning. A direct television stream also means one doesn’t have to hunt around the ad-ridden, unreliable websites before kick-off time hoping to get a good feed. I hope this guide on how to stream television online for free makes someone else’s sports entertainment a little easier.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/sopcast
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sopcast-player
The Win-popular VLC will also be installed but thankfully it needn’t be seen as the front-end and SopCast Player or another GTK-managed player can display the stream.
Common Stream Television Issue
A common issue, which I experienced, keeps SopCast Player from launching. If nothing shows for you, try launching it from the terminal by simply typing the package name (sopcast-player).
File "/usr/share/sopcast-player/lib/VLCWidget.py", line 32, in
If you get the above error, before trying again, run the following command to comment-out the offending section:
sudo sed -i 's/import vlc_1_0_x/# import vlc_1_0_x/g' /usr/share/sopcast-player/lib/VLCWidget.py