Amazon Instant Video on new MacBook

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  1. OneZweiThree, Aug 15, 2015
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    OneZweiThree macrumors regular

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    so i am thinking about getting a new MacBook. But since I am watching Amazon instant video a lot and it gets my MacBook Air fairly hot (and loud with the fan), I was thinking, that it might be problematic with the new MacBook.

    So has anyone experience with this?
     
  2. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    Never tried amazon instant video.. Do you have a link for something you've watched recently that got your machine hot? I could try watching it here to see what happens..
     
  3. Cratus macrumors newbie

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    When I watch any video at all my macbook turns into a heater and i've been told that it's normal. But the thing is that it shouldn't be normal for a product to get so hot that you can feel pain when touched.
     
  4. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    I watch video regularly using movist, VLC and QT player, either from files locally stored on the rMB or via wifi network from another computer nearby. Have never noticed the computer getting especially hot, and it handles playback flawlessly. Sometimes it stutters but that's only when I'm far away from the wifi router and the transfer rates are too low - nothing to do with the rMB itself but everything to do with the (currently) poor internet/wifi setup I have at home.

    In terms of watching things online, I regularly go on youtube and have had no issues with anything playing smoothly, including a large 4K video that someone once posted a link to here. No noticeable overheating with youtube either. I removed flash so (I think) this forces youtube to use the HTML5 version of its video player instead, this used to be the case a long time ago at least. Perhaps this is more efficient than if youtube uses flash? I don't know what kind of player Amazon Instant Video uses, but if there are different format options offered, you could try using different ones to see if it improves things.
     
  5. Queen6, Aug 16, 2015
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    As long as it`s not involving Flash you should be ok, as that is generally the culprit for pushing up the temp.

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  6. OneZweiThree thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's using Microsoft silverlight. So that might be the problem...
     
  7. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    Yep.
     
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  9. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    I don't understand how and why companies like Amazon ended up saddled with such terrible technology in the first place. Does nobody who works there point out that their video player sends CPUs into a crash and burn tailspin, and yet watching the html5 version of youtube does not?
     

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