Skyfire and ESPN3

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Metsfan7450, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Metsfan7450 macrumors regular

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    Can anyone who was able to download the new browser tell me if they can watch video on espn3.com? That would be well worth the cost IMO!
     
  2. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    I just tried it and it doesn't seem to work on that site. There is just a blank spot where the video should be and the video button is greyed out.
     
  3. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    What about NFL GamePass. Would be cool if it worked there. Any one tried?
     
  4. db67fm macrumors regular

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    Yes, NFL gamepass does work. When you select a video it brings up the video play buttom at the bottom, you press it and it plays.

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  5. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    Oh so effing cool. Thanks for this. Now, as soon as Skyfire is available again I'm downloading. Finally get to watch games on my iPhone.
     
  6. supermac96 macrumors 6502a

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    no espn3 unfortunately doesn't work. I asked this on another thread and thats the answer i got.
     
  7. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

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    Thanks.

    No Skyfire for me!
     
  8. luvsoccer macrumors newbie

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    I downloaded the Skyfire update earlier today and tried out ESPN3.com to see if it would finally work, and it did! I've been letting the Women's Basketball game Gonzaga vs. Stanford run for about 30 minutes and it has been working without any delays or freezing. The video quality is not as good as Netflix or Slingplayer over 3G, but decent enough to watch your favorite team if you don't have any other options.
     
  9. D3lta macrumors 6502a

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    You can also use the app OrbLive to watch ESPN3.com games. It requires your computer to be on though and running the Orb software. Works great though, I use it all the time to watch ESPN NBA games on my iPhone when I'm not home.
     
  10. Alice141 macrumors newbie

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    A new Apple-approved iPhone and iPad mobile browser from a startup company, set to launch this week, converts video from Adobe Flash to HTML5, though it won't work with Hulu.

    The new Skyfire browser will be available for download at 9 a.m. Eastern on Thursday for $2.99 from the App Store, and will convert Flash video to HTML5 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. It was profiled Tuesday by CNNMoney.com, which noted the browser won't work with Flash-based games, or popular TV streaming site Hulu.

    The Skyfire browser already brought similar functionality earlier this year to Google's Android platform. Skyfire 2.0, launched in May 2010, has more than 1.5 million downloads on handsets running Google's mobile operating system.

    "Like the Android version, Skyfire for iOS isn't a standalone application, but rather a tool that works on top of Apple's Safari Web browser," the report said. "As a result, the company said the app was given a rather rigorous review from Apple, but it was approved in less than two months. Apple did not return a request for comment on why it approved Skyfire for its App Store."

    The application gets around Apple's ban of Adobe Flash by having Skyfire's servers download Flash video and convert it to HTML5. When a user visits a page with Flash, they see a selectable thumbnail which then allows the content to be streamed directly to the iOS device, negating the need for Flash.

    Because games require interactivity, the service won't work with them. And Hulu has apparently actively blocked Skyfire, as the TV streaming service requires users to pay $10 per month for access via its native Hulu Plus application.


    As Flash has been banned from Apple's iOS devices, and had a limited presence so far on Android handsets, many websites have begun to offer content in both Flash and HTML5, to ensure compatibility with mobile browsers. One recent study found that more than half of all Web video is available in HTML5.

    Apple's opposition to Flash has caused a rift between it and Adobe. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs made waves in April, when he published an open letter on Flash, suggesting the Web technology is unfit for the modern era of mobile browsers.
     

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