For most of my usual blog readers this will be obscure gobbledygook. Feel free to move on.
If you’re trying to stream the Olympics and find yourself stuck at the authentication page it’s because your system doesn’t have the software necessary to protect NBC’s video. Easily cured! Though the streaming is done via conventional Flash technology,
A missing Ubuntu HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) module, which is not installed by default, causes this behavior. – Source Adobe
For Ubuntu open a terminal and
sudo apt-get install hal
After the “libhal” (HAL) library install completes, close the browser and clear the Adobe Access directories by executing the following shell commands:
rm -rf NativeCache AssetCache APSPrivateData2
For Suse and other Linux distros head here.
This took about two minutes on my Ubuntu laptop and now works perfectly.