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Lion Silverlight and Netflix oh my

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TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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Jul 23, 2011 9:08 PM

I'm having issues with playing netflix with both Chrome and Safari.


I was using Safari 5.1 when I noticed I was unable to fullscreen the videos on my second monitor hooked up via miniDisplay Port/HDMI. the video gets all choppy and then stops working giving me a beach ball making me force quit.


I tried chrome with better success, video quality was back to normal on my second display and I was able to fullscreen. But I was unable to get out of fullscreen and noticed I had lost control of both my wireless BT apple keyboard and the one on my macbook pro. I had to force quit chrome to get back my controls.


To me it seems like silverlight support for Lion isn't there yet, does anyone else have this issue?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 5,1 2.53gHz 8gb RAM 64 bit
  • earthman3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 23, 2011 9:46 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    I've been trying to watch Netflix movies using Firefox after upgrading to Lion. Each time I go to the Netflix website, Silverlight fails, and the suggested fix from Netflix is to quit Firefox and delete my Silverlight.plugin file from the 'Internet Plug-Ins' folder. Then, when I go back to the Netflix website, I am prompted to download/install Silverlight. Then it works. I've tried to use Netflix twice since my Lion install, and had to do this both times.


    This is only one of the many many dissappointing failures/crashes that has plagued my Macbook since installing on Thursday.


    : (

  • timfromlincoln Calculating status...
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    Aug 1, 2011 1:39 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Also have a problem with Lion and Netflix on my MacPro. In Safari after choosing a selection, video goes to black screen and nothing happens. Sometimes I get a plug-in error notice.  I re-installed Sliverlight, still doesn't work for Safari. However, Netflix works perfect when using Chrome.  For me at least, it seems that the main issue is Netflix+Safari+Lion.

  • ldsmith Calculating status...
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    Aug 5, 2011 2:50 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Yeah, I love Lion, but it sorley lacks in multiple monitor support. I've had some strange things happen with Netflix also on my second monitor also. Like clicking on the Full Screen button does nothing. But clicking on Back to Browsing takes me to Full Screen!!! On my iMac main screen, this works as expected, not this confusion of buttons.  

  • urabus Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 6, 2011 7:44 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    External display issue here as well. Silverlight crashes Safari and the buttons are non-functional on external display. Main display is okay. 17" MBP 2009.

  • ted Nightingale Calculating status...
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    Aug 6, 2011 11:15 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    I can't play anything from netflix at all with Safari 5.1. Have the newest silverlight and all.

  • urabus Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 8, 2011 4:12 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    I have a ticket in with Microsoft about Silverlight. The problem for me is only on my external display (MBP "17 2009).


    @TheSmokeMonster, for system freezes, do you have the checkbox checked for "Restart Automaticall If Computer Freezes" - System Preferences>Energy Saver? Besides system freezes, are you able to use "Force Quit" instead of a hard reset? Re-booting is the last thing you want to do.


    Flash ***** and Apple knows it, and Adobe knows it, and many others as well. Why do you think Adobe just released Edge - HTML 5?


    More and more people are realizing that Lion is great and that many issues are easily resolved with some research. The use of Flash does not define an OS. Lion is not that bad and is not close to iOS, just a couple of features, scroll bars, scrolling, Launchpad, etc., all of which can be avoided.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    Aug 8, 2011 4:16 AM (in response to ted Nightingale)

    Ted, it would help to know more details about your system. My iMac 5,1 has no trouble with Silverlight and Netflix, and second monitor, and full screen support, though I had to go through Firefox to get it to work.  Safari was not working at all for it.  I have 2 GB of RAM.  I'm on the low end of the totem pole when it comes to it.  Now perhaps it is because I've ensured Spotlight indexing is complete before I tried.  To do so go to the Spotlight menu in the upper right hand corner and make sure it doesn't mention that it is indexing.  If it is, wait until you can go there and it doesn't before trying.  My indexing took at least two hours on a 500 GB hard drive.

  • markfromsomerville Calculating status...
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    Sep 5, 2011 7:06 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Best answer is to use chrome for now.  I attempted to uninstall and reinstall silverlight.  That has resulted is somewhat slow, but consistent performance of netflix in safari in non-full screen mode.  However, every time I switch to full screen, the screen goes black.

  • prajnaji Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Sep 28, 2011 1:11 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Great tip SmokeMonster! A huge difference, and we're pretty picky and it's on a big screen.


    (Macbook Pro i7, 20mb bonded dsl, hdmi to 40" LED.)

  • *nickMcC* Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 26, 2011 6:34 PM (in response to prajnaji)

    Anyone else having severe problems with video in general? I constantly get Kernel panics on DVD, and Silverlight movies. Both Chrome (stable and beta) and Safari have kernel panics. I can never get through any video with out at least 2-3 system crashes. I am seriously thinking on reverting to SL as this is 10.7.2 and still unstable. BTW this is a fresh install!


    I have checked the memory and checked the hard drive with no issues. I also dual boot to Windows 7 and there is no problems there at all.

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