Additional update about Elisa Viihde

The implementation of the extension is done. Nobody but me has tested it, but I was able to use the Open in VLC… functionality, download the recording, and get direct input to ffmpeg for encoding.

I will probably release the updated version first on the beta channel, just to get some response on how it works, if it works, etc, and after a few days on the primary channel.

What I am now waiting for is some information from Elisa regarding this: “Ennen kuin julkaiset uuden rajapinnan, niin pyydämme vielä sinulta erikseen kuittausta, että sovellus itsessään on GDPR:n mukainen. Lähetän tähän liittyen vielä erikseen liitteen luettavaksesi.”

I sent a reminder on Sunday afternoon asking about it, but haven’t heard anything yet.

I just thought I’d let you know what the situation is.


ViihdeHelper animated instructions

On tullut aika monta kyselyä miten tehdään asetukset, ja miten käytetään koko laajennus, niin ajattelin että teen tähän postiin pieni ohje miten tehdään alusta asti.



To verify if the extension is installed, and how to set options:


To download a single recording (note, I’ve cut out some of the page):


And finally, to download several:


ViihdeHelper Beta Channel Available

Since the number of users of the ViihdeHelper extension has increased quite a lot, I decided to create a beta channel for new features of the extension. This way, if there are bugs discovered during beta, it will only affect the beta testers, and not everyone that is using the previous stable version of the extension.

The beta version of the extension is not listed in the Chrome Web Store, but by going to you will be taken to the web store page where you can add the beta extension.

Note, that if you don’t disable the “normal” version of the extension, you will get double the icons. Also, the beta channel is only meant for “advanced” users that want to preview and test out new (possibly broken) features before they are released to the public.

With that out of the way, a new version is now deployed to the beta channel. The version number is 4.4.5 and includes the following features and fixes:

  • Fixed bug where the encoding UI was visible as default.
  • Support for including the channel in the filename of the downloaded recording. The channel name will be added to the front of the file name if the setting is selected in the options dialog. The default value is false.
  • Automatic stripping of @ and . and limiting to 17 characters for usernames. This means that if your username is an email address, you should be able to set it normally in the options dialog.

If you decide to test it out, please let me know in the comments on this post if it works as it should, of if you discover bugs.

ViihdeHelper 4.4.4 published

A small update to the Chrome extension was published today. This only affects the encoding command generation. It has a better layout with some additional help texts about the different settings. Furthermore, the subtitle handling is a bit better with support for simultaneous de-interlacing and overlaying subtitles. Also, the possibility to include DVD encoded subtitles (separate subtitle stream in the file making it possible to turn on or off subtitles) is supported.


The updated should be automatically applied, but you can verify in the extensions list that version 4.4.4 is listed.

ViihdeHelper 4.4.3 published

A small update to the Chrome extension was published today. This version adds the option to disable the downloading of the text file with the program information. The setting can be accessed in the options view, the same view where the file name format of the downloaded recording and your username and password are defined.


The updated should be automatically applied, but you can verify in the extensions list that version 4.4.3 is listed.

ViihdeHelper 4.4.1 published on the Chrome Web Store

I finally got around to paying the extension developer fee, and become a “real” extension developer. This means that for the new versions of ViihdeHelper, you no longer need to mess around with the “Developer mode” and unzipping files etc. You just have search for ViihdeHelper on the Chrome Web Store, and add it to Chrome from there! Alternatively use this link:


The other information on my Elisa Viihde page about the extension still holds (configuring via Options link, VLCLauncher for open in VLC functionality etc).