Opera 44 no longer plays audio streams

  • Opera 44.0.2510.1449
    Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (x86_64; Unity)

    Last week, Opera was playing streams from http://tunein.com (example link: http://tunein.com/radio/Morning-Edition-p3/)

    This week, all links I have saved, as well as others I try from source pages fail to play (example: http://playerservices.streamtheworld.com/api/livestream-redirect/WAMCFM.mp3) [fails to download].

    All links work perfectly on Chrome, Chromium and Firefox on same computer. Only Opera fails.

    VIDEO streams seem to work just fine (example: http://wamc.org/wamc-live-studio-cam) [Note: if the studio cam isn't on there, you get the audio anyway ... which is oddly interesting ... and what I am using now to listen through Opera]

    I have cleared cache and history, tried changing setting of flag "User interaction required for media playback" - mostly because of the commentary on that flag: "User interaction required for playing media elements. Disabling this will allow autoplay to work." - however disabled or enabled, no change.

    I have changed both VPN on/off and even unblocked ads, etc - no change.

    I'm relatively new to Opera. Am I missing something obvious?

    Jack

  • Hi,

    It is a codec issue. Every time Opera updates, I have to replace libffmpeg.so with a working one. Instructions can be found in this comment:
    https://forums.opera.com/post/114765

    This issue has been frustrating me for a long time (and I really wonder why I still use Opera in Linux). As the author of that comment says, why this has to be so god damn hard to get working on linux.

  • Outstanding! That worked - Thanks!!

    I will bookmark this for the next time ... sigh.

    JC

  • As an aside, that thread mentions a specific file - which appears to have been updated from the post. I pulled down opera-ffmpeg-codecs-57.0.2987.133-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz - the page indicates a different version (56...). It probably could be stated as "the latest opera-ffmpeg-codecs file" - but whatever, it worked perfectly in any event!

    JC

  • Hi,
    It is a codec issue. Every time Opera updates, I have to replace libffmpeg.so with a working one. Instructions can be found in this comment:
    https://forums.opera.com/post/114765
    This issue has been frustrating me for a long time (and I really wonder why I still use Opera in Linux). As the author of that comment says, why this has to be so god damn hard to get working on linux.

    @cahvarno Hi there! Could you please interpret the instructions into direct command-lines to run in the Terminal too? :-)

    According to my System, I am already running the latest Chrome libs for H.264/MP4 codec (chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra is already the newest version (58.0.3029.81-0ubuntu0.16.04.1277).), but after updating the Opera browser, Flash has gone all dead again (version 44.0.2510.1449).

    So, if you have some code for me to run I can still give Opera a go, but I think I am moving back to Chromium in any case. :-)

    Cheers!

  • I just noticed this problem too and it looks like Opera 44 is no longer using the libffmpeg.so from the chromium package. On Debian/Ubuntu the unrestricted libffmpeg.so is in the package chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra but Opera 44 is not using that version.

    The workaround fix is to rename or delete /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so and then move or link /usr/lib/chromium-browser/libffmpeg.so into /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so

    Directory paths above are for 32 bit system, the 64 bit systems put have a slightly different path.

  • I too have had this problem several times now and have applied the fix listed in a comment above. I find this extremely annoying to have to do this every time Opera does an upgrade. Surely the Opera folks are aware of this and can patch as they go?I like Opera but not this.

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