Streaming Video problem

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kirra, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. kirra macrumors newbie

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    New to Macs and loving it but for one thing. I can't get live Windows Media streaming video to work. This is actually one of my main uses for a computer at all, so it's important to me.

    On the main site I use, I can get sound but no video. Any ideas? I am running Windows Media on an iMac with OSX.:confused:
     
  2. stoid macrumors 601

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    try re-installing Windows Media Player, I know that I had to try numerous times to get Windows Media Player for X. I even had to download it from a different source because the first installer I downloaded would quit right after I opened it w/o doing anything.
     
  3. kirra thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Well WMP for the Mac is only at version 7 and WMP for windows is at version 9. That is probably most of your problem. I just avoid anything that requires WMP because it's such a cross platform nightmare. You might have more luck by opening WMP prior to visiting these sites but then again maybe not.
     
  5. kirra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had been trying to work out exactly what version WMP for Mac was and how it correlated to the windows version, but it wasn't clear what was what. Does anyone have any idea when version 9 for mac comes out?

    BTW, opening WMP first doesn't help. I think I tried every possible sneaky way to open the file without success.
     
  6. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Microsoft said before the end of the year.
     
  7. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Are you trying to open the files inline in a browser, or from a reference file downloaded to your computer?

    When all else fails, IE seems to handle embedded WMV files better than others - go figure.
     
  8. kirra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried

    - opening in IE
    - opening in Safari
    - opening link direct in WMP
    - opening link in any other media player I could find (Real, QT)

    none of which worked.

    I think it's a version issue - that seems to make the most sense. Is this lag between issuing the windows version and the mac version typical? Are we doomed to be always a year out of date? That sucks.:mad:

    Thanks for the advice folks.
     
  9. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Well the lag is kind of normal with maybe about 50-60% of programs out there. A lot of the major ones get updated nearly simultaneously. As for WMP there is good news. Microsoft is going to make it an open medium much the same way that MP4 is. You still have to pay a license for it but you have rights to the code.
     

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