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Feb 6, 2012 1:16 PM

My MB Air with Lion and the latest Flash player won't play videos embedded on the BBC news web page. I have tried on Safari, Firefox and Crome and it doesn't work on any of them. Videos stream just fine on a Windows 7 laptop. I know there have been some similar threads in the past but I assume that these particular problems should have been solved by now. Any hints would be most appreciated.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    Feb 22, 2012 3:26 AM (in response to SimonBrenner)

    Simon ...



    Just having Flash up to date may not be the issue. Sometimes uninstalling the plugin then reinstalling can help and since it affects all your browsers ...



    Uninstall first then reinstall new > Troubleshoot Flash Player | Mac OS


    Then to test launch Safari. From the Safari menu bar click Safari > Empty Cache


    Now try a video.


    If you have ClickToFlash installed in ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins that can prevent Flash content from streaming.


    Move the ClickToFlash.webplugin to the Desktop


    Quit then relaunch Safari and test a video. That plugin is no longer supported in Safari 5.1 unless it's installed as an extension.



    Check Safari > Preferences > Extensions

  • MikeyGee Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2012 3:39 AM (in response to SimonBrenner)

    Hi there!

    Did you have any luck with getting the BBC News videos to play?

    I have exactly the same issue - which is a bit of a problem as I work in a Press office!


    Nothing I have tried makes a difference - either in Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Camino!


    Anyone else got any suggestions?

  • MikeyGee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:42 AM (in response to SimonBrenner)

    Same here. Still can't play any BBC content!

    I've got my IT Department on the case (hah!) but I don't really think I'm  a priority to them!

    If I come across a solution, I'll let you know!

  • MikeyGee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:58 AM (in response to MikeyGee)

    Hey, I've finally discovered a workaround...!

    When I go to a page on the BBC site, which includes a video, as soon as the black rectangle appears (where the video should be running) I 'right-click' to bring up the Flash options and select "About Adobe Flash Player".

    This then opens a new window in the browser, which will tell me which version of Flash I have installed (which incidentally, is the current version).

    Then, when I go back to the first window, the BBC Video stream will be running !

    Woo Hoo!

    Doesn't work every time, but if shut down the Adobe page, then reload the page with the video on it and do the 'About Adobe Flash Player' thing again, it usually works!



    Anyone any idea why this might work??

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 1:37 AM (in response to MikeyGee)

    Which browser are you using primarily? I use Firefox and have no problem with Adobe Flash. Of course, due to some other Adobe plug-ins, I'm running Firefox in 32-bit mode. Have you tried that? Just select the Firefox icon, Get Info (Command-I) and select "Open in 32-bit mode"... give it a try and see if it might work.




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