I hate flash : Funny or Die with Curl and Mplayer

From the 1st of August, 2013

I did a post earlier this week about watching YouTube videos with Mplayer and I found that comedy site Funny or Die also also has high definition videos that can be played in mplayer.

For this video I’ll be using the Cheese & Chong read the Bible video. It’s pretty funny. We need to make sure “curl” is added from the repository.

curl http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/7e64d0be37/cheech-chong-read-the-bible | grep mp4

This will push out a lot of data but only the lines with “mp4″ in them. The line we’re looking for is:


Above it you’ll also see a list of video bitrates:


By changing the number to the proper bitrate you can get the better quality video.

All that’s left is to load it into mplayer.

mplayer http://vo.fod4.com/v/7e64d0be37/v2500.mp4

No need for flash.