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Video podcast content does not play at all on Linux

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Student premium plan, USA, Spotify for Linux desktop app

 

Video is an essential element of some podcasts, and I have enjoyed audio-only podcasts on Spotify for a while, so I'm excited to see Spotify take on the video podcast segment. Unfortunately, on the Linux desktop app, attempting to play video content results in an error message "Sorry, we're not able to play this video." after it briefly flashes the video overlay.

 

It doesn't fall back to audio only, and immediately skips to the next track in the queue. My experience with podcasts on Spotify is becoming degraded over time as more podcasts switch from audio-only to video, the desktop client skips over those episodes without warning me, and I have to go back to other platforms.

 

I have added extra codecs to my system which allows me to play some tracks in local files with Spotify, but it seems this had no effect on video content, and I still haven't found a workaround.

 

Using the web player does stream audio content, but it doesn't look like the web player has support for video yet. I also wouldn't want to use the web player because it can't download episodes to stream offline.

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Re: Video podcast content does not play at all on Linux

Newbie
Same issue here on Ubuntu 18.04
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Re: Video podcast content does not play at all on Linux

Casual Listener

Same issue on Ubuntu 16.04 and Spotify version 1.1.10.546.ge08ef575

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Re: Video podcast content does not play at all on Linux

Casual Listener

Still cannot play video podcast after updating to Spotify version 1.1.26.501.gbe11e53b

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Re: Video podcast content does not play at all on Linux

Visitor

As a workaround, running videos on Spotify player in Firefox 80.0.1 (64-bit) in Ubuntu 20.04 works for me even though the Spotify desktop player won't play them. I tested this with the Joe Rogan podcast.

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