Zattoo as backup for satellite TV

June 25, 2008

Today is the first semifinal of the EURO 2008 (=soccer – Germany vs Turkey) which is a big deal here in Europe, and today it was a really sunny day. But just 1h before the game starts it started raining strong in my home town together with lightnings. This leaded to a bad reception of my satellite TV. As the internet via ADSL was working without any problems I started searching for a backup solution and I found Zattoo. And I couldn’t believe it. They support Linux, specially (K)Ubuntu! Wow! I downloaded the .deb file for the 3.20 version but it didn’t work I got a

robert@darksun:~$ zattoo_player
(process:9626): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.14.1/gobject/gtype.c:2242: initialization assertion failed, use IA__g_type_init() prior to this function
(process:9626): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_new: assertion `G_TYPE_IS_OBJECT (object_type)' failed
(process:9626): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_ref: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed

I searched a little bit in the internet and found out that the 3.11 should work which I downloaded it from here. And yes it worked without any problems. One important side note: Your IP address needs to be in one of the countries for which the service is available. Ah and as I use Kubuntu and not Ubuntu I installed following packages before installing Zattoo.

apt-get install libgtkglext1 libgnome-keyring0 libgnomeui-0 libcurl3 libxul0d libgdk-pixbuf-dev


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  1. run firefox or any other GTK app before. and it will start correctly.

    Comment by kamil — June 25, 2008 #

  2. I had Firefox and flash installed before installing zattoo and i got dependency errors before I installed the mentioned packages.

    Comment by robert — June 26, 2008 #

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