Fellow Europeans – tonight is the grand finale of the 55th Eurovision song contest – and you’d be a fool to miss what promises to be one of the closet fought contests in the last 10 years.
A few days back we tweeted a link to Alan Bell’s great post on how to watch the live Eurovision stream in Ubuntu. Since not everyone is subscribed to the OMG! twitter account many will have missed it, so here is a concise OMG! version of the installation instructions to ensure that you are able to cry with joy when Bulgaria/Sweden/London calling saves your nations’ honour from a null point embarrassment…
The Eurovision stream is powered by a rather obscure plugin called ‘octoshape’ that promises “higher quality video, faster startup, less buffering and fewer interruptions.” – all vital if you plan on making it through all 3 and a half hours of the contest!
Watching Eurovision final in Ubuntu
First you need to get the OctoShape plugin: –
- wget http://www.octoshape.com/files/octosetup-linux_i386.bin
- chmod +x octosetup-linux_i386.bin
Near 20:00 GMT you’ll want to run the plugin and head to the Eurovision stream page @ http://www.eurovision.tv/esctv/future
- cd octoshape
- . / OctoshapeClient
- ./OctoshapeClient -url:EBU.esc2010.final;rtmp=false
For example, to set VLC: –
- config EulaAccepted=”true” PlayerExec=”vlc $url”
Here’s last years winning song, Fairytale, by Alexander Rybak for Norway.