Windows Media on Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by majordude, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. majordude macrumors 68020

    majordude

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Location:
    Hootersville
    #1
    I go to certain (streaming) sites that use Real media (BS on any platform!) or Windows media. I see that Microsoft has a media player for Mac as well as a QT plugin (by Flip4Mac).

    If I want to see streaming media, what should I install? The Real, free Flip4Mac or MS Media Player?
     
  2. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    #2
    I'd go with Flip4Mac & Perian which will solve most of your media playback woes on the Mac. If you're not into installing different applications, you can always install VLC as it supports just about anything, and it can handle streaming as well.
     
  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Location:
    Carlisle, PA
    #3
    MS Media Player is EOLed so get Flip4Mac.
     
  4. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

    Wild-Bill

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Location:
    bleep
    #4
    Flip4Mac

    Don't let Real anywhere NEAR your Mac.

    In fact, stop even thinking about it
     
  5. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

    majordude

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Location:
    Hootersville
    #5
    Hmmm. Well, I downloaded the Flip4Mac codec... but it seems hosed.

    Just for kicks, try to load one of these media streams. The Flash stream works for me but the Windows media stream hangs...

    http://www.tbn.org/index.php/2.html
     
  6. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Location:
    Carlisle, PA
    #6
    I wonder if the Media Player files can only be played in Windows due to ActiveX
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

    MisterMe

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    USA
    #7
    For me, Safari behaves correctly by creating a player window. However, content does not stream. There is a possibility that the problem is that the stream is in Windows Media 10 or Windows Media 11 format. Nothing on the Mac plays these. It is more likely that TBN has a wonky setup. The Flash stream works as advertised, which is not entirely a good thing is this case. The Real Media stream does not work, at all. When I see two out of three streams not working, I suspect that the problem lies with server staff and administration rather than the server vendors.
     
  8. Osarkon macrumors 68020

    Osarkon

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Location:
    Wales
    #8
    I tried to load some of those streams, both the Real Player one (I have Real installed), and the Windows Media Player one (which VLC tried to play).

    Both failed to play outright. Real said it lost connection to the server.
     
  9. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    #9
    I think you need to explain to TBN that catering to the Microsoft crowd is unchristian and unHoly and that they are going straight to hell if they don't change their ways.
     
  10. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

    majordude

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Location:
    Hootersville
    #10
    Well, us Mac people are already saved :p so being able to see the stream would be like preaching to the choir. ;)
     
  11. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

    majordude

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Location:
    Hootersville
    #11
    Yeah, I tend to agree too. Thanks for confirming that it wasn't just my computer that had issues.
     
  12. kolax macrumors G3

    kolax

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2007
    #12
    What's wrong with Real player? Can Flip4Mac and Perian codec's play Real formats?

    I rarely use it, only when the likes of the BBC website want me to use it.
     
  13. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2005
    Location:
    UK
    #13
    There is nothing bad about Real Player anymore, it just used to be spyware.
     

Share This Page