Elisa Viihde, Chrome and VLC

Update 2015-09-19. The number of posts I have done on the subject of Elisa Viihde, Chrome, and VLC has grown, and it was becoming a hassle to update the old posts to link to the newest information, so I decided to create a separate page that will always hold the newest version of my extension and up-to-date installation instructions.

Introduction

The latest version of Chrome finally removed the support for NPAPI plugins. This means that the VLC plugin used to watch Elisa Viihde recordings in the browser is no longer supported.  NPAPI, or Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface, was introduced already back in 1995, and had really run its course and was causing problems and code complexity in modern browsers. Unfortunately, that means that a lot of functionality that we are used to has stopped working. This post shows how Chrome and the VLC client still can be used to watch Elisa Viihde recordings.

The solution consists of two parts, first a Chrome extension that shows a “Watch in VLC” and a “Download recording” icon in the listing of recordings, and in the recording details page. viihde_3_screenshot_listviihde_3_screenshot_program

The other part is a platform-specific VLC launcher that instructs VLC to play the selected recording. On OS X, no configuration of the launcher is needed, but on Windows you need to point the launcher to the location of the VLC executable.viihde_launcher_configuration

Chrome extension installation

  1. Download the extension here: ViihdeHelper3.1.zip newest version on my Elisa Viihde page
  2. Unzip the file
  3. Go to chrome://extensions in a new tab
  4. Enable Developer mode chrome_developer
  5. Choose Load unpacked extension… and select the folder you unzipped in step 2. chrome_load_extension
  6. The ViihdeHelper extension should now be listed in the extensions view
  7. If you now log in to your Elisa Viihde account in Chrome and go to recordings, you should see icons as in the screenshots earlier in this post.

The Download recording link should now be working, but in order to watch the recordings, you need to install a VLC launcher appropriate for your system.

VLC Launcher for OS X

  1. Download the launcher here: ViihdeVLCLauncher.dmg
  2. Copy the ViihdeVLCLauncher.app contained in the .dmg to your /Applications folder
  3. If you now click on the VLC icon in your recordings list, you should see something like the following:launcher_os_x
  4. Check the Remember my choice box and click on Launch Application
  5. After this, a second warning comes up asking whether you want to open the ViihdeVLCLauncher. Click Open.
  6. Now VLC should launch with your chosen recording. If it doesn’t, it might be that the request timed out if it took too long to check the boxes and click the buttons. Just try again.
  7. Enjoy!

VLC Launcher for Windows

  1. Download the launcher installer here: ViihdeVLCLauncher_Setup.zip
  2. Unzip and Run the installer
  3. After installation completes, make sure to run the application to configure the VLC pathviihde_launcher_install_winviihde_launcher_configuration
  4. After selecting the VLC path, click Save and Close
  5. If you now click on the VLC icon in your recordings list, you should see something like the following:viihde_launcher_win
  6. Check the Remember my choice box and click on Launch Application
  7. Now VLC should launch with your chosen recording. If it doesn’t, it might be that the request timed out if it took too long to check the boxes and click the buttons. Just try again.
  8. Enjoy!

Final words

Please try it out and let me now how it works out for you. It works for me, but I give no guarantees that it will work for you, and I don’t take any responsibility for any damages that may occur while trying it out.

The Mac version has existed for a long time, and is used daily, so there should be no problems with that. The Windows version has only been briefly tested on Windows 7 and Windows 10, so please let me know if there are any problems with other versions of Windows.

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10 thoughts on “Elisa Viihde, Chrome and VLC

  1. TH October 21, 2015 / 12:34

    It’s not working on Windows Vista.. :/

    • Andreas Finne October 24, 2015 / 02:53

      Thank you for letting me know. I’ll try to get a hold of a Vista machine and see what I can do.

  2. JLa October 29, 2015 / 20:21

    ViihdeHelper & VLC Launcher was working great in Win 10, but not anymore. 😦 Download recording link and VLC link in ElisaViihde isn’t working. Nothing happens.

    • Andreas Finne October 29, 2015 / 20:25

      Have you updated to the latest version (3.3) of the extension? Elisa changed the pages a bit a couple of days ago. Head to https://asmand.wordpress.com/elisa-viihde and download the newest version.

  3. JLa October 29, 2015 / 20:31

    Hi, thank you. That helps. I have now updated 3.3 version and everything works great! 🙂

  4. ranu menu January 15, 2016 / 20:26

    having problems when trying to download files. it opens save as and file name default “manifest” with extension xml. all worked fine until 15th jan 2016. Can you check if they´ve made some changes, thanks in advance.

    • Andreas Finne January 16, 2016 / 01:03

      Apparently the technology used for the recordings has changed a couple of days ago. A brief test shows that watching “works” straight in chrome now, but the sound is awful. I’ll see what I can do, but I make no promises. Thanks for letting me know.

  5. ranu menu January 20, 2016 / 16:24

    hi,
    everything works now, thaks again!!!

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