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Old 04-12-2009, 04:52 PM   #1
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Firefox/Flash 10


I have tried several versions of Flash 9, and Flash 10. It seems that I am unable to play video from nbc.com (i.e. nbc.com/The_Office/video). It loads the flash, then simply sits there and does nothing (the progress bar stays empty). I am also experiencing painfully slow video streaming anywhere I go. I have noticed that streaming works somewhat better in XFCE as opposed to KDE4, but it is still slow. I am wondering if anyone has a solution, or perhaps an alternative to the adobe flash player which might work better? I have also done some research and it appears I'm not the only one with the nbc.com problem, but nobody seems to have found a solution.
 
Old 04-12-2009, 05:51 PM   #2
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After enabling about 4 sites in noscript, I didn't have a problem playing one of the deleted scenes in Firefox.
I'm using a 64 bit distro and have the nspluginwrapper and flashplayer packages installed.
 
Old 04-12-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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I have tried several versions of Flash 9, and Flash 10. It seems that I am unable to play video from nbc.com (i.e. nbc.com/The_Office/video). It loads the flash, then simply sits there and does nothing (the progress bar stays empty). I am also experiencing painfully slow video streaming anywhere I go. I have noticed that streaming works somewhat better in XFCE as opposed to KDE4, but it is still slow. I am wondering if anyone has a solution, or perhaps an alternative to the adobe flash player which might work better? I have also done some research and it appears I'm not the only one with the nbc.com problem, but nobody seems to have found a solution.
I just tried to watch a clip and it worked successfully. Make sure you've got a current version of both:

Firefox 3.0.8
Adobe Flash 10.0.22.87

These are the latest stable versions.

If that is not the problem, it could be your MTU, which should be set at around 1500 for fast connections. You might also want to check that your router allows streaming media; as mine has a setting for this.
The command on the MTU, by the way, is:

sudo ifconfig [eth0] MTU 1500

where eth0 is your interface for the Inet.
 
Old 04-12-2009, 06:16 PM   #4
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how do i identify my ethernet device? i tried /dev/ but i dont see it listed
 
Old 04-12-2009, 07:48 PM   #5
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Determining the Internet device.

There are two steps you must perform to
determine your Internet interface, and
if it is working.

First is the ifconfig command. If you give
the ifconfig command with no arguments it
will list all active interfaces.
##example.
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
inet addr:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Bcast:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Mask:xxx.xxx.xxx.x
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:722 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:722 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:2450696 (2.3 MiB) TX bytes:2450696 (2.3 MiB)

ppp0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx P-t-P:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Mask:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:9269 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:10280 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:3
RX bytes:6602011 (6.2 MiB) TX bytes:1283463 (1.2 MiB)


Second if you issue the netstat -r command
this will list your routing tables. look for
the default gateway. or GW.
##example
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags MSS Window irtt Iface
xxxxxxxxxx.xxxx * 255.255.255.255 UH 0 0 0 ppp0
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx * 255.255.255.0 U 0 0 0 eth0
link-local * 255.255.0.0 U 0 0 0 eth0
default * 0.0.0.0 U 0 0 0 ppp0


In most, but not all systems, this will be your Internet
Interface. In this example my Internet Interface is ppp0
good luck!
 
Old 04-12-2009, 08:12 PM   #6
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I'm sorry I guess I should have been more specific. The deleted scenes clips work for me, its the season 5 full episodes that don't work at all. They get stuck on the loading screen. Try
http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/...ason-5/698505/

I have set my mtu to 1500 and this hasn't helped. I have the latest stable version of firefox and flash. I just wish I could watch the videos on nbc.com. I'd really appreciate anyone's help, thanks.

Sincerely,

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Old 04-12-2009, 09:08 PM   #7
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If it's any consolation, 1337, I'm having the exact same problem with NBCs "Chuck" videos. Only the full length ones - not the clips.
 
Old 04-12-2009, 09:41 PM   #8
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If you block ads in Firefox, or any other browser, then the display of video from sites that add ads to the stream from external sites may appear to not work if the actual stream is invoked by the advertising stream when it finishes. Making the actual stream start only when the advertising stream finishes guarantees that you have to watch the ad before the stream, so the advertiser knows that the ad has been piped to a viewer.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 06:33 AM   #9
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I'm sorry I guess I should have been more specific. The deleted scenes clips work for me, its the season 5 full episodes that don't work at all. They get stuck on the loading screen. Try
http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/...ason-5/698505/

I have set my mtu to 1500 and this hasn't helped. I have the latest stable version of firefox and flash. I just wish I could watch the videos on nbc.com. I'd really appreciate anyone's help, thanks.

Sincerely,

1337
I can't watch those, either. The only advice I have is email the website administrator, and maybe check the help section of the site.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 07:41 AM   #10
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The firefox error console reports that the flashObject is null. I'll e-mail the website admin, hopefully they do something cuz I know there's a lot of people who have this problem, and I haven't been able to find a solution.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 08:09 AM   #11
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It looks like the pop-up blocker was the cause of my problem. Thany you, PTrenholme, for the suggestion.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 09:50 AM   #12
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Sadly, it's still not working for me. Please, if you're experiencing this problem, send feedback to the webmasters at nbc.com.
 
  


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