Get Netflix Working On 600mhz iMac G3/1gb ram

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Appleuser201, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Appleuser201 macrumors member

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    How can I stream Netflix (480p or lower) on a 600mhz G3 iMac? I know Netflix supports HTML 5 video. The iMac should barely be powerful enough to stream video as the Nintendo Wii has a similar PowerPC processor and can stream video fine.
     
  2. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030

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    Completely out of the question. Your iMac can just about play 360P compressed h264 video with Mplayer - anything higher and/or streamed through a browser is beyond reach.
     
  3. Appleuser201 thread starter macrumors member

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    What about a G4 eMac 1.25GHZ?
     
  4. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030

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    HTML5 playback requires a DRM extension that isn't available in TenFourFox so it's not possible even with a G5 Quad.
     
  5. Appleuser201 thread starter macrumors member

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    YouTube works on TenFourFox. YouTube is only HTML5 only since summer of 2017. If Netflix doesn't work on TFF, what about Safari or webkit? I don't wanna damage the machines trying to run stuff on them that could break them.
     
  6. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030

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    You'll never break the machine by running software that doesn't work :)

    Again, Netflix requires a DRM component which TFF doesn't have - neither do any of the PPC web browsers, and even if it did, the iMac simply doesn't have enough power to stream the video.

    Search the other Netflix threads on here if you don't believe me.
     
  7. Lastic, Dec 3, 2018
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    We've been there and it is not working .

    See my previous attempt on the 6th of April 2017.
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    The DRM extension needs to work in the HTML5 part of the browser .
    The only browser currently supporting HTML5 like Intel Firefox on Mac , and running on PowerPC is TenFourFox.
    Since there is no Google Chrome based browser for PowerPC , we only have Firefox derivatives but TenFourFox doesn't
    support the DRM thingie in HTML5 needed by Nextflix (yet I hope).

    A mention by Cameron Kaiser (the author of TenFourFox) here

    https://tenfourfox.tenderapp.com/discussions/suggestions/3507-enabling-drm-audio-in-tff-for-spotify
     
  8. bobesch macrumors 65816

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    You can do the handsome "Video-Stream-Cheat" including an iOS-device, a lot of adapters and an encoder box.
    (iOS-out: Digital2Analog => Mac-in: Analog2Digital with external box) :D
    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...t-about-imovie06-howto.2042289/#post-24523807

    Same (but less cumbersome) for audio-streaming via LineIn (OSX) or through the system-settings (os9): #6
     

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