After extensive testing on several distros of Linux, we have found that VideoLAN (VLC) is the most stable and compatible player available for Linux. Totem-Xine or Totem-Gstreamer come pre-loaded on most distros of Linux, and can work fine for DVDs and other media, but the streaming media from Netcast is best handled with VLC and the VLC Mozilla plugin. There is a version of VLC for every platform out there, including Apple, Solaris, and even BSD UNIX.
Packages are available for most distros, and they can be installed using the distro's package manager.
Examples of these are: Redhat variants - yum, Ubuntu and Debian use apt-get, and SuSE uses YaST.
Other distros have their own update managers, but the VideoLan website carries detailed instructions for each distro on how to install VLC.
Click Here to go to the VLC website and download the correct version for your machine.
Make sure you download and install mozilla-plugin-vlc as well - this is the Mozilla plugin that allows inline viewing of the live streams.
One thing you may still have to do is set up your system to launch VLC when it sees a Microsoft multimedia stream.
This is accomplished with either gconf-editor or KDE-config-tool, depending on which desktop you run (gnome or KDE).
Under gnome, execute gconf-editor from a terminal (if you don't have a desktop manager in your program menus), then drill down to:
desktop --> gnome --> url handlers
You should see several folders now, but the ones you are interested in are:
mms, mmsh, rtsp
When you click on them, change the key from totem '%s' to vlc '%s'