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ArkLaTexTiger
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Houston
Member since Nov 2009
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Watching ESPN on Linux
I'm using Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS with Chrome and am trying to stream ESPN live events. The videos load fine and play without buffering but are jerky.

I've tried using Chromium and Firefox and they are worse.

Hulu, YouTube, Netflix and Prime Video all stream with no issue.

Any suggestions?



heavylurk
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Toledo
Member since Sep 2015
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
go into settings on chrome/firefox and disable hardware acceleration.


notsince98
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KC, MO
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
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go into settings on chrome/firefox and disable hardware acceleration.


Hardware acceleration typically helps in these instances.


goldengorilla
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Member since Jun 2008
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
It has been known to cause issues in Ubuntu 18.04, especially when dealing with integrated graphics.
This post was edited on 4/14 at 5:43 am


goldengorilla
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
This issue can be found on Ubuntu support forums.
This post was edited on 4/14 at 5:44 am


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LSURep864
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
This may sound basic, but you have updated your graphic drivers using apt-get or the Ubuntu App Store right?


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ArkLaTexTiger
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Nov 2009
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
Thanks all for the replies.

In Chrome I've tried hardware acceleration enabled and disabled. AdBlock enable and disabled.

Ubuntu and Chrome are up to date. There are no driver updates available. Intel firmware is up to date.

Plenty of resources - 8 (2x4) GB RAM, quad core Pentium J5005 CPU, 240 GB SSD, 150 Mbps download wired.

I'm assuming there's a problem with whatever codecs ESPN uses.

The search continues.


civilag08
Texas A&M Fan
Member since Feb 2011
460 posts

re: Watching ESPN on Linux
Not sure if you problems is predominately sound related or not. It has been a long going issue with Ubuntu having problems with sound syncing using Pulseaudio, their default sound server.

A lot of bug discussions have been posted about this issue and may be related especially complaints about choppy sound after some time has passed in youtube videos and such.
One workaround has been to remove pulseaudio and install Alsa Mixer. However if this is not your problem, pulseaudio would be better a better choice and you'd still have that nice volume indicator applet at the top right corner.

One major problem with removing pulseaudio and using gnome-alsamixer is if you use Firefox. After firefox 52 support for anything other than Pulseaudio stopped even with many people complaining about it. So, pulseaudio is required in Firefox for anything going forward unless Mozilla developers decide to add support for something else.

Alsamixer (without pulseaudio) will still work in Chrome/Chromium related browsers.



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LSshoe
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Member since Jan 2008
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
I've had issues in the past when you had to use flash player that supported funky drm stuff. No real issues since they've updated it. I use Firefox. Never tried Chrome. Currently on 18.04


notsince98
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KC, MO
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Watching ESPN on Linux
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I've had issues in the past when you had to use flash player that supported funky drm stuff. No real issues since they've updated it. I use Firefox. Never tried Chrome. Currently on 18.04


The nice thing about Chrome on linux is it comes fully packaged with its codecs including flash. No need to deal with making sure you have all the right packages.

Still not enough for me to use chrome but it is nice none the less.


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LsuFan_1955
LSU Fan
Slidell, La
Member since Jul 2013
253 posts

re: Watching ESPN on Linux
I'm using Mint Cinnamon 19.1. No issues streaming ESPN live events, or replays. I use the Linux variant of Chrome, which is Chromium. I do have a small issue with mouse lag when I watch YouTube videos, but the videos stream just fine.

ETA: I am also running 2 ad blockers and 2 HTML5 Autoplay blockers.
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