Watch live CNN in Ubuntu

I use Ubuntu on my computer, at work and at home. Sometimes I like to watch live TV channels like History or CNN on my browser, but in Ubuntu it was a no no when I tried it. But after a couple of minutes of googling I was able to get it running. here is what you need to do to watch live channels like CNN, History, and Amazon videos online . please keep in mind that this instructions will only work on Firefox, it won’t work on Google Chrome, and I haven’t try in any other browser so I don’t know.


First you need to install Flash. In Ubuntu just install the entire proprietary media codecs, flash and Microsoft fonts by typing this on terminal sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras accept all the agreements that come up.

I don’t know if installing Java is necessary, but install it just in case you need it  by typing these commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer



after you install Java, install Hal. I don’t know what Hal is or what it does, but I imagine it is a content protection tool. install it by typing this commands in terminal one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install hal


I only tried this on Ubuntu 14.04, I don’t know if if it will work on earlier releases like Ubuntu 14.10 or 15.04 and 15.10…


this should work for other online media content live Amazon Videos, History Channel, etc. let me know if you can’t get it working!