ARC allows us to run most any Android Apk’s on our PC’s and it’s multiplatform it will work on Linux, Windows, OS X and ofc ChromeOS. ARC is basically just a Chrome extension .crx and is installed in the same way you would install any other Chrome extension which im sure you are all familiar with
As you can tell from my previous couple of blog entries i like consuming media (video in general) outwith the browser, not because im a Stallmanite who despises Adobe Flash (although i do) i just prefer my video streams to play in native media player as i find the quality and resource usage is better. So to follow in the same vein as my last couple of posts, this time im going to harp on about show box which is a Free application for viewing movies and TV series .
The Getting Started guide gives a simple step by step guide as how to install ARC Welder Once you have it installed on Google’s Chrome browser or the more ethical Open Source Chromium browser, then i highly recommend adding either the Mobdro.apk or Show Box .apk to ARC Welder, both have a wide selection of video streams to choose from, be advised once show_box is installed and launched a dialouge box will appear prompting you to update, choose the ‘remind me later’ option. Both .apk’s give instant access to hundreds of movies and every season of hundreds of the top TV shows , show_box also gives us the option to download the media, view it in the show_box internal media player, or the ‘open with ARC’ option which will open the media in your default browser, then you can just copasta the URL into your favourite local media player. It also allows us to choose quality of the stream ‘low’ medium’ ‘high’ the highest and most common is 720 p which is not too shabby.
I hacked around and got show box to open like a standalone app, without executing ARC Welder or chromium, by using an alias
alias showbox='/usr/bin/chromium --profile-directory=Default --app-id=eijgacohmegconnajkflbadbodniodab '
your ‘app id’ will differ, in linux i got mine by using xprop
Thats about it for show box & ARC Welder
PS: There’s an open ticket for ARC Welder bug on 32 bit OS currently only working on X86_64 OS