[plug] solved - Re: sbs ondemand

Gavin Chester gavin.chester at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 15:18:42 AWST 2016

What a saga trying to overcome sbs' tyranny to watch content that my
taxes pay for! Recapping and the story through to conclusion:

1/ with the introduction of the need to logon to watch ondemand I was
shut out of watching any ondemand content. The rub was that I could not
register even if I wanted because in firefox and chromium the signup
popup had unresponsive links to everything that it offered, such as
create new account or sign in with google.
2/ on the advice of responders, and in line with my own thinking, I
disabled adblock on the sbs domain and allowed popups and all cookies in
both firefox and chrome. This did not change the behaviour.
3/ In desperation I tried Opera and had a glimpse of success in that the
signup was responsive and I actually managed to create an account (I
thought), albeit the dialogue was not rendering properly and text boxes
and buttons were mashed up and I had to use the keyboard rather than the
mouse to activate buttons that were "hidden".
4/ Once signed in with Opera the page continued to be poorly rendered
such that no links were active and the text looked like shite - in other
words, I was signed in but had no where to go!
5/ bouyed by this glimpse of success I tried konqueror and was able to
see the dialogues rendered correctly and links active. Trouble was for
some reason the new account I thought I had set up was deemed to have
the wrong password. So, I tried logging in with google (something I hate
doing), but the connection between google and sbs just timed out
everytime I tried. This was actually quite lucky because sbs want to
know your birthdate, location and name of your first born to be able to
log in. I spurn social media for this very sort of reason. After that
experience, I just went with the flow and used the password reset
dialogue, which was working, so I asked for a reset sent to my email.
6/ reset password, logged in using konqueror. Ooops, must be
non-compatible flash because none of the movies would play. Damn, so
close to success. Try something else -
7/ tried simple, old, unassuming epiphany. Eureka! Pages rendered
correctly, login worked ... and movies played, but only if I disabled ad

What a crock. I have heard people are experiencing service outage with
their smart tvs as well because of this move by sbs, but that's another



On 06/12/16 16:33, 1gavinc . wrote:
> Thanks to all replies. I have not been back home for a few days so
> haven't had a chance to try them yet. The idea of popups and ad-blockers
> figures as a reason, though, because SBS are so pushy with the ads. Have
> you ever looked at the ghostery advisement of how many sites track your
> SBS usage?! It's unbelievable and includes omniture and a heap of
> unsavoury sites. I prefer to keep ghostery on because of this (I know it
> has never caused issues in the past).
> Gavin 
> On 4 December 2016 at 16:45, Arjen Lentz <arjen at lentz.com.au
> <mailto:arjen at lentz.com.au>> wrote:
>     Hi Jon
>     Jon Miller <jonl711 at hotmail.com <mailto:jonl711 at hotmail.com>>
>     schreef op 4 december 2016 17:30:57 GMT+10:00:
>     >I noticed earlier this week that SBSonDemand requied logging in and
>     >that the login wasn't working, i.e. my playlist was empty when I
>     >eventually logged in.
>     >The other day I couldn't login at all.
>     >Today when trying to login it stated my credentials was wrong which I
>     >know it isn't.  None of the other links on the login screen works also
>     Now run through the checklist as I described and report back.
>     Regards,
>     Arjen.
>     >-----Original Message-----
>     >From: plug [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org.au
>     <mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org.au>] On Behalf Of Ivan and
>     >Wendy Fetwadjieff
>     >Sent: Sunday, 4 December 2016 3:26 PM
>     >To: Arjen Lentz
>     >Cc: PLUG mailing list
>     >Subject: Re: [plug] sbs ondemand
>     >
>     >Hi Gavin
>     >
>     >I wasn't aware of these changes so had a go getting SBS working. SBS
>     >works fine for me on Mint 17.3 using Firefox 50.0.2 with add blocking
>     >turned off. No problems with setting up the account or watching movies.
>     >
>     >Cheers Ivan.
>     >
>     >
>     >On Sun, 2016-12-04 at 07:45 +1000, Arjen Lentz wrote:
>     >>
>     >> Hi Gavin
>     >>
>     >> Gavin Chester <gavin.chester at gmail.com
>     <mailto:gavin.chester at gmail.com>> schreef op 3 december 2016
>     >23:56:11 GMT+10:00:
>     >> >Anyone else experiencing problems with sbs' new regime of the need
>     >to
>     >> >logon before watching ondemand?
>     >> >
>     >> >I've tried two machines with mint 17.1 and 17.3 and two browsers
>     >> >chrome and firefox - but all the required links and page pathways
>     >> >that I've tried to register give tantalising hints of being active
>     >> >links but when clicked on do nothing.
>     >>
>     >> Hmm, check popup blocking, ad blocking, tracker blocking, and
>     >javascript.
>     >> Some forms/submits get mis-identified and blocked.
>     >>
>     >> SBS online is basically a Drupal environment so we know that works.
>     >> If you do find specific problems do let me know as I can pass it on
>     >to developers at SBS.
>     >>
>     >> Regards,
>     >> Arjen.
>     >
>     >
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Gavin Chester
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