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flip4mac WMV component for OS X and restarting WM streams

Flip4Mac Community Forum - MLB.TV & GameDay Audio Now Compatible with Flip4Mac

FINALLY!

I've been using the Flip4Mac WMV component to play WMV files and streams on OS X. In general, it's a huge improvement over the decrepit Microsoft app (which, indeed, has been discontinued in favor of the these sactioned-by-Microsoft 3rd party plugins), but there was one glaring problem for me: every Windows Media stream cough mlb.com cough would restart after 5 minutes or so of playing time, restarting from the point at which you started the stream.

To fix it, you have to close and reopen the stream. This is really goddamned annoying if you're listening to a baseball game. Which, I'm happy to say, is the only time I have to deal with Windows Media streams.

I'd tried reverting back to the Microsoft app, which Scooter Girl found worked well for her in this particular application, but didn't want to give up the other notable advantages of the Flip4Mac components. Tried running XP within Parallels on OS X to listen to the stream with the real Microsoft plugin, but 1GB of RAM is a lot to give up just to (basically) run a web server [wtf?] browser. The eventual solution was to listen to the games on my XP laptop; which is fine, though it (A) means I still deal with XP and (B) means I have an extra laptop lying out on the coffee table.

Horrifying!

But Google is my friend, and I finally found an answer to the problem: enable "Create Streaming Movies" in the Player tab of the Flip4Mac pref pane. Not really sure why I didn't try that (besides the fact that there's nothing that would indicate I should have), but there it is.

A fix!

Fascinating, huh?

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Shawn:

Thanks for this fix! It worked straightaway.

Glad I could help....

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