How to enable VLC web plugin in Google Chrome 42

NPAPI support by Chrome - Required to watch both live and recorded TV
VBox relies on VLC web plugin which is using the cross platform plugin architecture NPAPI, which has long been, and currently is, supported by all major web browsers. Google announced in September 2013 plans to remove NPAPI support from Chrome by "the end of 2014", thus effectively dropping support for Silverlight, Java, Facebook Video, VLC and other similar NPAPI based plugins. From veriosn 43 onward Google have completly stopped NPAPI support. We strongly recommend VBox users consider alternatives to Chrome and recommend Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari as longer-term options.

Chrome users with version 42, Google has added an additional step to configuring NPAPI based plugins like VLC to run — see the section How to setup Google Chrome below.

How to setup Google Chrome

Google Chrome version 43, brings additional changes that affects the EPG screen, although we are working to resolve this issue, we recommand using alternative web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. 

Google Chrome version 42, released on April 14th 2015. Brings a major change in regards to how plugins are handled by the browser.

Google made the decision to phase out of the Netscape API called NPAPI in the Chrome browser and Chromium in favor of it's own Google API called PPAPI. VLC, Java, Silverlight and other popular technologies use this API to integrate into browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.

For now Google allow users to re-enable NPAPI manually but they plan to remove the NPAPI support completly by Septemper 2015.

How to override the blocking of plugins in Chrome:

  1. Type chrome://flags/#enable-npapi in the browser's address bar and hit enter.
  2. Enable it with a click on the link
    Google Chrome Enable NPAPI
    .
  3. Restart the browser.

All NPAPI plugins installed in Chrome become available again.

In prepeations to this change VLC is looking for developers to support the PPAPI interfaces https://wiki.videolan.org/OPW_Summer_2014/#Port_VLC.27s_NPAPI_web_plugin_to_PPAPI