I can't get Discovery videos to play at all in Linux. For example, in Chromium version 47.0.2526.106:

  1. Run chromium --incognito https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/final-season-sneak-peek/
  2. Verify that the video window is grey.
  3. Click on the grey shield icon in the URL field.
  4. Verify that a message pops up saying “This page is trying to load scripts from unauthenticated sources.”
  5. Press "Load unsafe scripts".
  6. Verify that the video window first displays “[Name of video] is currently unavailable.”
  7. Verify that the video window then changes to say “No video has been loaded. Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_NO_SRC”.

In Firefox 43.0.1:

  1. Run firefox -no-remote --safe-mode https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/final-season-sneak-peek/
  2. Verify that after the page finishes loading the video window stays black.

I have installed the Flash plugin:

$ pacman --sync --search flashplugin
extra/flashplugin [installed]
    Adobe Flash Player
    Adobe Flash Player for 32-bit Mozilla-based browsers

Is there any way to fix this? I'd use youtube-dl as a workaround, but right now discovery.com download is failing.

  • I'm pretty sure you don't want to hear that, but there is a m3u8 list that you can maybe use with wget: discidevflash-f.akamaihd.net/i/digmed/dsc/20151204/…
    – JohannesM
    Sep 26, 2016 at 22:36
  • That's really interesting @JohannesM! I had a look through the page source, found http:\/\/discidevflash-f.akamaihd.net\/i\/digmed\/dsc\/20151204\/149218.071.01.197_20151204_101536-,400k,110k,200k,600k,800k,1500k,3500k,5000k,.mp4.csmil\/master.m3u8, and passed that unquoted to VLC for a great video. Could you post an answer?
    – l0b0
    Sep 27, 2016 at 6:51

2 Answers 2


youtube-dl works for this site again. Considering it resolved.

  • 2
    Testing just now, I was able to command line curl the videos down in a console after discovering the url to the videos, but it seems the video files are really fragmented so you need to piece together like 10 files for a single show. maybe thats why youtube-dl was struggling with it in the first place. Also that one webpage was consuming about 1 gig of ram on my machine, so I stopped playing around with it... Sep 27, 2016 at 7:24

Apparently you have to enable cross-site scripting. ick.

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When I caved, at least, it worked...

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  • -1 I already enabled it - Please read my list.
    – l0b0
    Dec 31, 2015 at 16:55
  • @l0b0 - yeah, i deserve that. it's probably then to do with the widevine plugin module which comes w/ chrome but not chromium. at least, that should be the only difference. sorry about that.
    – mikeserv
    Dec 31, 2015 at 17:21

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