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# 245580 11-Feb-2019 17:24
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Some live streaming sites that work fine under Windows produce different errors under Android. An example is Freeintertv.com. If I stream MSNBC it works fine. If I stream CNN, I get a 'Video Playback Error' with no other information. This doesn't happen with a Windows browser. 

 

Is there a way to fix this, perhaps by installing a different video player? I'm sure why I'm getting this kind of error and the message isn't exactly helpful.

 

 





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  # 2176668 11-Feb-2019 17:42
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you havent stated what you are using to play in android....




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  # 2176671 11-Feb-2019 17:47
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I'm using Chrome on an Android 6.0 box. I don't understand why one link plays fine but another from the same site does not. What's the difference?

 

 

 

 

 

 





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im going to say its a flash player problem as MSNBC uses a flash player for its player where as CNN uses a different one

 

windows has a flashplayer, android doesnt do flash player i believe




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  # 2176688 11-Feb-2019 18:17
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OK, thanks for the info. That explains a lot of things (I also have similar issues with other sites). Not what I was hoping for if it can't be fixed but knowing is better than not knowing.

 

 





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  # 2176699 11-Feb-2019 18:39
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Can you still install flash on firefox for android?  Having a read web browser is the main reason I changed from android tablet to Surface Go.




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  # 2176707 11-Feb-2019 18:58
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I am pretty fed up with Android limitations. Every time you turn around you hit another wall. Even simple things are made difficult. But I like Android Chrome because some genius wrote a Kodi launcher app for it that works brilliantly so you can just go straight to a site without having to thread needles to get there. I really like it and don't want to change.

 

 





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i feel like your expectations for android are and have been a little high.

 

its also apparent from your many threads, that what you do do, is outside the mainstream use case of 95% of people who don't have any issues at all.

 

unfortunately sometimes that is just how it is if you want things the way you want them, but then you have to be prepared to put in the time to get it that way and keep it working


 
 
 
 


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I don't have any issues with Android

I was just thinking you have sooooo many issues with most things technology maybe you need a cat or another hobby

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Linux: I don't have any issues with Android

I was just thinking you have sooooo many issues with most things technology maybe you need a cat or another hobby

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Come on John - I know you read the thread about cats and fleas - she definitely does not need another cat!

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  # 2176760 11-Feb-2019 20:42
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Linux: I don't have any issues with Android

I was just thinking you have sooooo many issues with most things technology maybe you need a cat or another hobby

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Come on John - I know you read the thread about cats and fleas - she definitely does not need another cat!


Not that I can remember I better go find it

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Linux: I don't have any issues with Android

I was just thinking you have sooooo many issues with most things technology maybe you need a cat or another hobby

John

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I don't really see the point of comments like this. I just asked a question, and then expressed an opinion. Android has some features I like, and some that I think could be better. What is the problem with that?

 

As to the other things, most of the issues I ask about are real ones and I am seeking information and assistance. Is that not what Geekzone is supposed to be for? We are not all engineers and as I grow older I find it more difficult to cope with some technical things. So I ask.

 

 

 

 





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Rikkitic:

 

I am pretty fed up with Android limitations.

 

Android being incompatible with Flash video isn't an Android limitation.  It's a limitation of the company using Flash to provide their videos.  Flash died years ago, they should be using HTML5 native video tools.  Steve Jobs wrote this open letter 9 years ago when iPhone was under pressure for not supporting Flash.  

 

https://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/ 

 

I suspect some companies still use Flash on their website in order to force mobile users to download their app instead.  




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I wasn't actually referring to the Flash issue so much, though it probably sounded that way. There are also other things that get pretty frustrating at times. As far as Flash goes, I don't understand why anyone still uses it after all this time but if that is the reason, then so be it. I would rather know why something doesn't work than to be chasing phantoms.

 

Edited to add: I don't have a phone but I do use Android a lot for streaming. Very few apps, including those I am pushed to use when I can't stream via Chrome, are designed to work with anything other than phones. Most have navigation controls (touch screen) that make them unusable from an Android box. So it doesn't work from the browser and it doesn't work from the app. That does get frustrating.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  # 2176805 11-Feb-2019 22:45
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That is because the box is using an operating system for a purpose that it was not intended for. You will also find that many apps will not display in the horizontal aspect that is seldom used on phones, and that you cant pinch to zoom. All things that would work if the OS was being used on its intended hardware.

 

The only reason that keyboard remotes work so well is that the initial android phones often had a D pad on them and a select button, and the input for those has held on for a long time.

 

You cant expect app developers to test on a platform that would if its lucky be 0.1% of installations of android around the place.





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  # 2176808 11-Feb-2019 22:52
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Android is amazing on phones and almost but not quite amazing on tablets. ios had it's own set of slightly different limitations. Windows 10 is miles ahead of where windows used to be but still far from perfect particularly in the tablet form factor. Life is full of compramises so you just have to pick the ones you are the least disappointed by.

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