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    Default BBC website - can't watch videos

    I just installed 11.1 with KDE on a Compaq desktop. I have not changed any settings at all.

    When I ran Firefox and went to news.bbc.co.uk and tried to watch a video news item, a message came up on the website telling me I did not have the right software. It offered various types of download. Very technical.

    I don't know which option to select, and I don't know what I would then have to do to install it.

    Has anyone managed to make this work? Thanks.

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    Default Re: BBC website - can't watch videos

    Have you added the codecs yet ? have a look here Restricted Formats/11.1 - openSUSE-Community

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    * rgbeal

    they work here in Firefox. Install "flash-player" from Yast.

    Uwe

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    I tried that but it made no difference. I'm not sure now but I think it was already installed anyway.

    I then tried clicking the link that appears under the video window, and selected the option to download the .rpm from Adobe. That installed automatically. It then played the video OK, with sounds and picture.

    Unfortunately after 5 seconds it stops dead saying "This content doesn't seem to be working. Try again later".

    This is probably because I have the slowest working Internet connection in the UK. Under Windows I can watch the video, but with delays while it buffers. But under Linux it stops dead.

    Any more suggestions please?

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    More tests show that sometimes it does work. The live feed of BBC News works, and some videos play OK.

    An example of one that always fails is The best of Odd Box 2008 - People. In fact all the Oddbox ones seem to fail. Odd.

    I just tried it again and it is working now. Even odder.

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    I am able to see the complete Video's.
    I have mplayer plug-in installed from packman repo and when i first clicked on a video, i selected the windows media format to view the clip.

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    * rgbeal wrote, On 12/27/2008 11:26 PM:

    > I just tried it again and it is working now. Even odder.


    Solved then? :-)
    Could you please give me the exact URL of the video you are talking about?

    Uwe

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    It did play once. Now it won't play. Here is the URL:
    BBC - Newsbeat - Entertainment - The best of 2008's Odd Box - Food

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    * tusharjoshi wrote, On 12/28/2008 01:36 AM:
    > I am able to see the complete Video's.
    > I have mplayer plug-in installed from packman repo and when i first
    > clicked on a video, i selected the windows media format to view the
    > clip.
    >
    >


    Could you please check the URL rgbeal provided and verify the video plays on your system? Because it doesn't here.

    Uwe

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    I watch news clips every day on the UK site.

    The URL for the one minute world news which i watched now is

    BBC News Player - One-Minute World News

    i took a screenshot but couldnt upload it.

    send me your link i will check. the above link doest work for me too. I am in US, could it have any thing to do with it ?

    Cheers
    Last edited by tusharjoshi; 28-Dec-2008 at 20:31. Reason: spelling

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