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Has anyone else noticed numerous online video players requiring Windows or Mac to play videos? Netflix and ABC specifically require Windows or Mac OS to view videos. Firefox is listed ...
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- 06-12-2009 #1
Trouble with online video players
Has anyone else noticed numerous online video players requiring Windows or Mac to play videos? Netflix and ABC specifically require Windows or Mac OS to view videos. Firefox is listed with each one as an acceptable browser. However, I have tried to play videos there in Firefox, using Dreamlinux as my OS. I get a message saying something like, "oops, your operating system is not supported."
Is there any way around this, using FOSS? I don't want to be stuck paying for an OS that I don't like, and don't want in order to watch videos online.
I don't understand why a certain OS would be required. I can play videos in Adobe format, YouTube, etc, without any problems. So it appears to me to be a website decision, rather than a technical issue. Am I wrong?
- 06-13-2009 #2
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- 06-13-2009 #4
Maybe if you posted their email address here, you might get people to click on it and send an email too, the more complaints they get the more likely they will address the problem.
- 06-13-2009 #5
I sent that email to ABC. However, Netflix only has a telephone number to call. There are others that do the same things.
On a good note, Hulu will work great with Linux. I have watched episodes of some of my favorite shows from childhood (like Emergency and The Fall Guy on Hulu without any problems whatsoever.
Mainly I just wanted to vent my frustration and give the bad publicity online that I will also give to people I know in person.
- 06-13-2009 #6
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Well, any company that want's my eyes on their site is SOL if they don't allow me to use Linux. Even the pinheads at Fox let me use Linux to view their video content.Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!