Watching Live-TV On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Zattoo

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Zattoo has developed a software program that allows you to watch TV on your computer. All you need is a broadband connection and a current operating system (Windows XP or Vista, Mac OS X, or Linux). The service is legal and free of charge.

To watch live TV on your PC, simply download the Zattoo Player, register, and get channel-surfing! If you run into any problems, take a look at our FAQ section.

Where can I use Zattoo?

Zattoo is currently available in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Weโ€™ll be launching in new countries and continents soon, so check back frequently.

Preparing for Installation

Before you can download the Zattoo player, you must register on the Zattoo web site . It's possible that Zattoo isn't available yet in your country -- the Zattoo web site will tell you if this is the case.

Now you need to make sure you have install adobe flash player.If you want to install this in hardy use the following command

sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree libflashsupport

Install Zattoo in Ubuntu

Now you need to download zattoo from here by clicking "Download Zattoo for Linux (.DEB)

Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default) in Firefox and click ok

Now you need to click on Install Package

Downloading packages in progress

Zattoo Installation in progress

Zattoo Installation finished click close

Using Zattoo

start Zattoo from Applications > Sound & Video > Zattoo Player

If you're using Zattoo for the first time, you must accept its license

After opening you can login using your login details or from here also you can create your new account.

After login you can see all the available channels and double click on your choice of channel to watch.

Some sample channels

Manage you Channels

If you want to manage your channels go to View--->Manage Channels

You can see the list of available channels

Program Details as follows

Zattoo Version Details

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29 Responses

  1. ProfKayyos says:

    Unfortunately for 64-bit UBUNTU user’s there is no available Adobe Flash player. It comes in 32 bit only and it will not install on an Intel or AMD 64-bit version of UBUNTU.

  2. Yochanan says:

    “You seem to be accessing the Zattoo website from a country we do not yet serve. Please enter your country of residence below, and when our service is available there, we will contact you.”

    Figures it’s not available in the U.S. and probably never will be.

  3. Name says:

    I can’t register ๐Ÿ™
    Can someone post here working login and password?

  4. Michael says:

    The service is only probably legal. They are rebroadcasting without permission from at least some of the channels in the UK.

    However, users are unlikely to get into trouble so I’m using it without worries.

  5. Kaivalagi says:

    I am running a 64 bit version of Ubuntu and cannot install the deb package available. SO I though well I should be able to build the app using the tarball….the instructions are not really that useful for doing this!

    Anyone done this yet? If so what steps did you take, i.e. depend packages to install, sym links to create etc…

    Is it even possible on 64 bit?

  6. abdullah says:

    Can somebody post the full link please ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. lolwhites says:

    If you live in France, you can get more channels with better quality with MyFreeTV if your ISP streams the channels.

  8. marku says:

    Anyway to register/download/watch zattoo outside of the listed countries?

  9. Ben says:

    Don’t bother downloading it if the website says not to, the application checks too. I hate closed source apps for this very reason.

  10. stanz says:

    So it ain’t working in the states?
    Guess it no use to sign the wait list…and if it is close source~
    maybe we’ll find something “open”!!
    I’ll be one my own ‘waiting’ list..Lol

  11. tex says:

    It doesn’t quite work for me. Only sound, no video. Strange. It is also nagging about missing OpenGL/Mesa despite a running Nvidia Driver.

  12. me says:

    for 64 bit ubuntu you can force it to install using
    sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture package.deb
    then before you run it get the 32-bit libraries it requires using getlibs
    getlibs /usr/bin/zattoo_player
    (see this post about getlibs if you don’t have it already
    After that it should run fine.

  13. doug says:

    ubuntu hardy amd64 u.s.a.

  14. Feluca Perez says:

    Is there any workaround to be able to watch Zattoo from the United States? I will love to be able to watch tv from Spain.

    Thanks in advance

  15. vanquish says:

    I have literally spent about 6 hours today trying to figure out how to make this work on my kubuntu hardy heron 64bit linux. I couldn’t get it to work with wine, or by forcing the architecture so I installed a chroot for a 32bit environment and still didn’t work with the most recent version of the software (3.20). I downgraded by installing the 3.11 beta release from a previous comment above and used it in the chroot environment and… voila, it finally works after endless hours spent on searching for various errors that it was giving me. I’m running Kubuntu so I didn’t have a lot of the gtk packages it uses so had to download them.

    try running the 3.11 release, that’s my best advice, if you can’t get it to work I’ll get back to you with how I’ve done it. I look forward to a 64bit version and I’m sure I’m not the only one…

  16. Mark says:

    marku Says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 6:30 pm
    Anyway to register/download/watch zattoo outside of the listed countries?

    ade says: Zattoo checks your OS language and IP settings – So, for example if you want UK Zattoo content you need to appear to be in the UK first, THEN d/load the zattoo setup..

    We can watch Zattoo UK content in Cyprus….. ! So I guess as long as you have the right settings you can watch the zattoo of your choice

    US TV Content?.. but you need to “appear” to be in Canada..

  17. taecha says:

    How do I “appear” to be in a listed country? Changing OS language is easy, but IP settings?

    Thanks for any help.

  18. MooniJim says:

    Zattoo is a great way to watch normal television on the internet… It’s possible to watch fool zattoo! With a vpn server… There are free vpn servers like cyberghost but I didn’t find a free uk server.. Anybody a free uk vpn server… And no… with just a proxy it’s not possible…

  19. Ashish Barot says:

    Hi all,

    is there anything in this zatto, like gstreamer coded?

    any one have any idea?

    Ashish Barot.

  20. Nitin says:

    It seems that Zattoo is not available in India ๐Ÿ™

  21. BuggyDE says:

    It sorta works for me on Ubuntu 8.04 64Bit using the getlibs method but sound will not work, I get picture fine.

  22. Catweazle says:

    I found a strange way to get zattoo working under 64 bit hardy together with KDE.
    First, i knew i was able to get it work on another 64 bit PC with GNOME, but when starting zattoo_player under KDE on my new laptop (64 bit hardy) it refuses to work, and in the zattoo errorlog there was an entry about the wrong ELF version for
    As i said, i knew it worked on another system with gnome, so I installed the GNOME Desktop on my laptop and … it worked.
    After switching back to KDE i didn’t expect zattoo to work here, but when trying zattoo_player …. it worked!!!!!!
    So, if you have problems in getting it run under KDE (64 bit system) you might have to install the GNOME Desktop, run zattoo_player once under GNOME, switch back to KDE start zattoo_player.

    It’s a strange world!!!!

  23. Rayboy says:

    Nice. . i need to try this out!

  24. Justin says:

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  25. arti says:

    Can anyone tell me if I can watch zattoo channels from a country that isn’t available.


  26. gmoor says:

    Update 2009-07-13

    Download Zattoo for Linux

    Weโ€™re sorry, but the linux version of the Zattoo player is no longer available for download. Our engineers are working hard on a browser-based version of Zattoo, which should be available soon.

  27. tim says:

    Sadly, zattoo have left Ubuntu/Linux in the cold. However, it works very well on Windows when my bandwidth isn’t causing problems!

  28. zinos says:

    hi this no acount my countri

  29. zinos says:

    how to register at Zattoo
    something immoral


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