How to Watch US TV With Firefox

There’s this nifty little service out there called Locast (Local broadcast) and it’s geo-fenced for very specific reasons. While you can temporarily change your Geo Location (browser based) with Chrome, it reverts automatically every time you close your tab. So here’s a way to use Firefox to permanently (if you want) have this service work.

(1) Go to “about:config” in you Firefox browser and void your warranty.

Void your firefox warranty.
Make sure you check the box and “Accept the risk”

(2) In the search box type in geo.

locate the geo.wifi.uri
Find the geo.wifi.uri

(3) Double click on the geo.wifi.uri and input this geo location (for new york city):

data:application/json,{"location": {"lat": 40.7590, "lng": -73.9845}, "accuracy": 27000.0}

enter some data
you can always ‘reset’ the value, so don’t worry about saving the old value.

(4) Browse on over to and accept the Geo Location permissions that it asks for.

Allow location access in firefox
Click on ‘remember this decision’ and ‘allow location access’

(5) You should see that you’re in New York!

New York City!

(6) Watch TV!

et voila! It would be better if they were giving out Dodge Rams, eh?

And that’s pretty much it. Just ahead of the Super Bowl. You can now watch US commercials that roll in at about $5.1M per 30 seconds.


The Firefox Switch Back

Early in 2011 I switched from Firefox to Google Chrome. Just before the end of 2011 I switched back.

I switched back because I had ignored Firefox for so long, I was almost damned sure that they should have fixed a few issues I had in the 3.1-3.6 releases. And sure enough, they have.

In my near 9 months of using Google Chrome I missed a couple of features of Firefox that Chrome just didn’t cut it with.

  1. Firefox’s Awesome Bar (aka: the address bar)
    It’s 100 times better than Google Chrome’s ‘search’ bar.  The awesome bar lets me search bookmarks, open tabs, history before searching the web. Google always wants you to search the web and it’s hardly ever necessary.
  2. Firefox’s Tab Groups
    They’re just awesome.  Tab overload has always been an issue. 20-30, more tabs open. With tab groups you can sort them out and only have certain working groups of tabs available. Want to switch? sure, hit the magic button and voila. All your groups are exposed and you can easily switch to them.
  3. Firefox’s Bookmarks
    This might sound ridiculous, but I really like tagging my bookmarks without the need of an extension. Tagged bookmarks really help out with #1 and well, it makes my life easier when I’m trying to find stuff.
  4. Firefox has gotten faster.
    This is always a battle as to which browser is faster, but really, Firefox 9.0.1 is way, way, way faster than previous versions and if you find benchmarks that you want to accept as good, I’m sure someone will say Firefox is faster than everything. But hey, that’s subjective.

And yeah, I’m sure there are chrome extensions that enable these features, but quite frankly, I hate most extensions. There, I said it.

Here’s to an awesome 2012, Mozilla.

(p.s. I only remembered Firefox because Niv mentioned it.)