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Really need to watch Streaming WMV....!
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KeriVit
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Aug 19, 2010, 07:08 PM
 
Hi there! I've been at this all day... My little brother is in the Babe Ruth World Series in TX. I can't be there. BUT! They have a website- baberuthtv. They play the games live in streaming video. I have not for the life of me been able to get a video to play and I've been at this for 6 hours. The window is there, but nothing plays. Am I too far ahead in versions? Too behind? Is there a browser/plug-in to help? Is there a test page somewhere if it's my computer or the site? I REALLY want to see the kid play!

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MacBookPro 2.53 GHz Intel Cor Duo
OS 10.6.4
Safari 5.0.1
Firefox 3.6.8
Flip4Mac plug-in

What else can I tell ya?
     
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Aug 19, 2010, 08:07 PM
 
I'm assuming you are talking about https://baberuthtv.youthsportslive.com/. Do you have an exact link on that site? I can't really try it out because I don't want to subscribe.

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KeriVit  (op)
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Aug 19, 2010, 08:35 PM
 
That's the site, I suppose i could send you my info to try it. Let me think on the ramifications of that.
     
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Aug 19, 2010, 11:14 PM
 
Have you also installed Perian? I don't know if it would matter, but you should definitely try.
     
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Aug 19, 2010, 11:48 PM
 
I'll look into it. I'll try anything. Next game is Saturday at 7.
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 04:44 AM
 
Perian.org and VLC are two more essentials.

If it's DRM-protected WMV streaming, there's nothing you can do but use Windows.
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 07:31 AM
 
According to their FAQ, you have everything that's needed to make it work:

Macintosh:
Operating System: MAC OS X 10.4.2 or higher
Browser: Safari 2.0.4 or higher (JavaScript must be enabled)
512 MB RAM
16-bit sound card and speakers
65,000-color video display card
Internet connection: High Speed Broadband Connection at least 500kbps
Web browser (see above); cookies enabled
Minimum Screen Resolution 1024 x 768
Flip4Mac plug-in (by Telestream - free download): With Flip4Mac, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) in QuickTime Player and view Windows content on the Internet using a web browser
Flip4Mac System Requirements:
QuickTime 7.1.6 or higher (7.3 or higher recommended)
The Flip4Mac plug-in may be downloaded at the following link: Windows Media® Components for QuickTime
Click on the "Free Download" button and then click on the "Download" button
We recommend that you review the Flip4Mac download and installation instructions on the same page as the Download button before downloading
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 07:46 AM
 
Flip4Mac can be extremely finicky.

Sometime, when I had issues, changing some of the preferences seemed to have helped.

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Aug 20, 2010, 11:37 AM
 
I read somewhere that Flip4Mac is not supported with Safari 4 or 5. Has anyone had any success or failures with it?
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 12:14 PM
 
From the Telestream/Flip4Mac website:
NOTE: Flip4Mac WMV Player is currently not fully compatible with Safari 4. Until all of the variables have been addressed, we recommend that you use FireFox or Safari 3 for playing Windows Media 9 videos on the web
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 02:24 PM
 
Yeah, thus I loaded up another machine with Safari 3. Didn't work either.
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 02:46 PM
 
Can you find the stream url (by looking at the page code) and then copy/paste the url into VLC? That's always my last-ditch attempt to watch a WMV stream.
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 03:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
From the Telestream/Flip4Mac website:
I think they haven't updated their website for a while. I've never had any noticeable problems.
     
KeriVit  (op)
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Aug 20, 2010, 03:17 PM
 
Lemme try.
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 03:37 PM
 
OK, I'm not sure what I've done. But, I've got it working on 2 dif computers now. on my Old iMac- the plug-in is not there so it asked me to open with Windows Media Player. Yippee skippe- it did. On the MacBook Pro- it opens in the browser. I'm getting greedy now.... Can I make the MacBook version ask me to open with the Player so I can make it bigger?

And thanks everyone. Something here made it work for me.
     
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Aug 20, 2010, 04:33 PM
 
That's exactly my experience with Flip4Mac, and why I fugging hate it.

It doesn't work for no apparent reason, then you fiddle with it (reinstalls, preferences, browsers) and suddenly it work, for a while. It's all voodoo, no way to consistently troubleshoot it.

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