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Can Anyone make the White House streaming work?
Thursday, August 06 2009 @ 10:51 AM EDT

I go to the url for the White House meeting going on right now, and nothing I own will do the live streaming. I can get the text running at the bottom, but no video. Can you guys figure out if it is possible? If it's just me, that's one thing. But if it is everyone who isn't using Microsoft products, that is something else.

Here are the instructions from TV Worldwide on what you need:
PC-based Windows 2000 or higher systems:
* Windows Media (current version is 11)
* Flash player (current version is 10)
* Real Player (current version is 11)
MAC OS X systems:
* Windows Media (last version for Mac is 9)
* Free Flip4Mac Plugin to watch WMV with QuickTime (Current version is 2.x)
NOTE: It is possible that even with the Flip4Mac plugin installed, the video may not play in embedded in the webpage due to problems with ActiveX and Mozilla-based browsers. If this is the case, you may still be able to watch a Windows Media video webcast in your QuickTime player separately from the webpage. To do this, please be sure you have the Flip4Mac plugin installed and contact one of the technical support phone numbers above. Tell the person that you need to know the URL of the video stream to enter into your QuickTime player (Open URL under the File Menu in QuickTime).

Minimum System Requirements:

* Microsoft Windows 2000 or higher with latest updates installed, or Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
* Firefox 1.1+, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5+, or Safari 1.0+ (NOTE: Due to Firefox not supporting ActiveX components, however, there are some limitations to using Firefox - particularly with captioned webcasts.)
* A broadband connection with 500+ Kbps for continuous playback.
* 233 megahertz (MHz) processor,
* 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM
* 100MB free Hard Disk Space
* 16-bit (or higher) Sound Card,
* Speakers or headphones, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher,
* Windows Media Player 9 or higher and or Flash player version 9 or higher.
What is puzzling me is why wouldn't Real Player work on a Mac for this if it works on a PC? Mac users are exiled too, unless they have Windows stuff installed, which I don't. I tried the flip4Mac plugin, but as they predicted, it doesn't work. My Mac is too old, I guess.

Update: I just heard from Rick Stanley of RSI, a Linux consulting company, who tells me he contacted the streaming company and pointed out we Linux users would appreciate access. The result was very positive, and they said they'd get right on it. So, if you have particular technical suggestions to speed them on their way, please do post them. Stanley already mentioned Firefox and IceWeasel.


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