Apparently, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” doesn’t apply to Web 2.0, or technology in general. Of course it never has, which is why I was well employed in the tech support sector for many years. Just when I had it all figured out, just when had a solution to share with everyone on how to watch their favorite shows on ABC.com, Fox.com, and CWTV.com on the chosen Move Media player, it all unraveled. This time, the issue had nothing to do with the Move Media player itself, rather one of its components. Adobe made some “upgrades” to its Flash plug-in and things stopped working.
It’s been a while since my last article, so let’s review how this whole mess began. It all started because I wanted to watch Life On Mars on ABC.com. After struggling for weeks trying to get the video to play on IE, I ended up installing the Firefox browser and after installing the latest version of Adobe Flash, Java, and the Move Media player, I was watching the shows without issue.
My quest didn’t stop there though, for I was still determined to crack the IE mystery. Eventually I found that there are plenty of other programs that can cause ActiveX conflicts in IE, plus Vista has some very tight security, so even though the Move Media player install showed success, it wasn’t installing correctly (the video not playing being the clue). Once I disabled every add-on in IE, uninstalled an application I needed for remote access at work, plus logged on as administrator, the install seemed to work for I could finally play videos for those sites in IE.
Since then though, I’ve looked at the Java code thoroughly for ABC.com, CWTV.com and Fox.com and concluded that Firefox is still the most secure browser to run the videos with, mostly because it doesn’t use ActiveX. However, given what Adobe Flash has done to its player since version 9, IE might not be any worse.
The Plot Thickens