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#1 2019-08-03 08:40:15

Fran
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Is Amazon Prime Video + HD + linux possible?

I've been trying to get HD streams working for Amazon Prime Video for a while and I still don't know if there is any way to do it or it is just impossible.

I tried with google-chrome, chromium and firefox, to no avail. The "best" quality I can select is 1.17GB per hour, and everything looks like crap. The same video shows a label "HD 1080p" or something like that in macos besides the time/time remaining text (nothing in linux), and the settings menu lets me choose more than 6GB per hour as "best" quality. It looks way better.

Amazon says HD is not supported in anything other than windows/macos, so I would assume that it cannot be done, but I see SO MANY posts in a lot forums from many people saying that they get HD streams without doing anything special in linux that MAYBE there is some way I'm not seeing.

(I tried running chrome and firefox under wine, but in wayland I just see a blank screen.)

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#2 2019-08-06 02:08:24

cirrus9
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Re: Is Amazon Prime Video + HD + linux possible?

Amazon states on their website that only SD video is supported on Linux. There are some discussions on reddit, just do a search for "amazon HD, Linux, reddit". There are some who claim HD is working for them on Fedora Linux. Some say to try user agent spoofing, which is something that I have used to access video, and audio service on Linux in the past. I have a Fedora installation, and I'm going to try when I have time. I have not been able to get Prime to work with HD video on Arch myself, but I'm still experimenting. Hope this helps.

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#3 2019-08-06 06:55:42

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Re: Is Amazon Prime Video + HD + linux possible?

There are addons for firefox and chromium which try to make 1080p available, but they don't always succeed. Another similar option may be the netflix plugin for kodi.

You can thank netflix for using widevine DRM (and PlayReady with MS Edge).


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#4 2019-08-07 11:43:28

cirrus9
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Re: Is Amazon Prime Video + HD + linux possible?

After trying several things again to get Prime Video to work in HD, I have given up. User agent spoofing doesn't work for me, and I tried with Fedora as well, and no luck with that either. I don't know what the people who claim on other forums, to have it working, have done. I'm not sure if it does work for them, or if they think it does, and don't actually know the difference. I guess when Amazon says no HD in Linux, they mean it.

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#5 2019-08-09 18:52:31

Fran
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Re: Is Amazon Prime Video + HD + linux possible?

cirrus9 wrote:

After trying several things again to get Prime Video to work in HD, I have given up. User agent spoofing doesn't work for me, and I tried with Fedora as well, and no luck with that either. I don't know what the people who claim on other forums, to have it working, have done. I'm not sure if it does work for them, or if they think it does, and don't actually know the difference. I guess when Amazon says no HD in Linux, they mean it.

Yeah, I'm starting to think that the people saying they can play HD content in linux nowadays either a) can't tell the difference or b) tried in the past (before April) and still assume they can. I've also tried everything with every browser to no avail.

Thanks for trying.

progandy wrote:

There are addons for firefox and chromium which try to make 1080p available, but they don't always succeed. Another similar option may be the netflix plugin for kodi.

You can thank netflix for using widevine DRM (and PlayReady with MS Edge).

I used to use the amazon prime plugin for Kodi by Sandmann79 and it worked great (in HD) until some months ago, when amazon activated some kind of code signing in widevine: https://github.com/Sandmann79/xbmc/issues/294

I was hoping the "official" google or firefox packages were signed for widevine, but I only get SD resolution with them too. In windows both firefox and chrome stream in HD, though.

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#6 2019-08-13 07:55:33

dan_kasak
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Registered: 2019-08-02
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Re: Is Amazon Prime Video + HD + linux possible?

progandy wrote:

There are addons for firefox and chromium which try to make 1080p available, but they don't always succeed. Another similar option may be the netflix plugin for kodi.

You can thank netflix for using widevine DRM (and PlayReady with MS Edge).

I've been trying to get the Netflix plugin for Kodi working. When I try to launch a video from the plugin, I get a dialog saying that inputstream.adaptive is missing. But it's included in Kodi, and I see message like this in the kodi log:

[dkasak@nanginator temp]$ grep -i inputstream kodi.log
2019-08-13 07:50:35.249 T:139624916114112  NOTICE: ADDON: kodi.binary.instance.inputstream v2.0.8 installed
2019-08-13 07:50:35.249 T:139624916114112  NOTICE: ADDON: script.module.inputstreamhelper v0.3.4 installed
[dkasak@nanginator temp]$

Any ideas?

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#7 2019-08-13 11:18:49

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Re: Is Amazon Prime Video + HD + linux possible?

OK answering my own question here - it seems that the Arch build of kodi does NOT include inputstream.adaptive. You can install it from the package: kodi-addon-inputstream-adaptive

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