How to Install Sopcast in Ubuntu (and Watch World Cup in Your Computer)

As the 2010 World Cup getting closer and closer, soccer fanatics who are not able to catch it on the TV has started to hit the Web to look for alternative sources to support their favorite teams. Needless to say, P2P is one of the most popular resources.

However, to be able to watch P2P video, you will need to install a custom player. Sopcast is the most popular among all P2P players. Sopcast is available for Windows and Linux. The installation in Windows is pretty straightforward, but it can be very tricky in Linux. Let’s see how you can get it install in Ubuntu.

Download libstdc++5.deb (for x86) or libstdc++5.deb (for amd64)

Double click the deb file to install.

Open a terminal. Add the following repository and install the app.

That’s it. You should be able to find the Sopcast Player in Applications -> Sound & Video.

To configure your Firefox to open “sop://” link automatically in Sopcast Player:

1. Type about:config in the address bar.

2. Click the button “I’ll be careful, I promise!”

3. Right click anywhere on the screen and select “New -> String

sopcast-firefox-aboutconfig

4. Enter “network.protocol-handler.app.sop” (without the quote) in the preferences name

sopcast-aboutconfig-preferences

5. Enter “/usr/bin/sopcast-player” as the value.

sopcast-aboutconfig-value

6. If you are using Firefox 3.6 and above, you need to change the value of “network.protocol-handler.expose-all” to “false

sopcast-aboutconfig-edit-value

Now, when you click on the sop:// link, a window will open and prompt you for the application to open the link. Navigate to /usr/bin/sopcast-player. remember to check the box “remember my choice for sop link”.

sopcast-choose-app

Whenever you open a sopcast link, it will automatically open in sopcast player.

sopcast-player in action

Update: After you have associated the sop link with Sopcast player, go back to the about:config page and change the value of “network.protocol-handler.expose-all” back to “true“, else you won’t be able to open any links.

What other means do you use to watch World Cup in your computer?

19 comments

  1. Once the conection of 'sop://' link and sopcast-player has been stablished … I think it would be very interesting to turn 'network.protocol-handler.exp' back to 'true' .

  2. Agree. You will need to change the value of 'network.protocol-handler.expose-all' back to 'true', else you won't be able to open any links.

    I have updated the article. Thanks for informing.

  3. and now, shoudl i need a sopcast link, or what? i am new to this… what should i do after installing, in order to watch the game? 10x

  4. When I click on a 'sop link' the SopCast client starts and everything runs fine … but … there's an small annoying spot … a new blank tab gets focussed in the browser (Firefox). Does anybody know how to avoid this behaviour ?

  5. Hi Damien! Thank you for this article sounds very interesting! I have installed it on windows but it doesn't work! When I run Diagnose client and service I get: Can not setup TCP Connection[2] [3] [4] Can not setup UDP connection [1]. Do I need fast internet connection for it to work? Regards

  6. You don't need fast connection for it to work, but you will need fast connection for the streaming to be of acceptable standard. You will need to reconfigure your TCP connection to enable UDP.

  7. actually u don’t have to mess with the firefox config. I’ve done the same thing by editing application associations in firefox preferences. cleaner, i guess.

  8. The install seems to go OK and the link duly appears in the sound and video directory but nothing happens when I click on it! Any ideas?

  9. I followed your instructions exactly and i see the icon for sopcast but when i click it nothing happens. Anyone think they can help?

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