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jason138
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-03-2012
My Device: Playbook
My Carrier: Rogers

Flash videos won't work with 2.1

I updated my playbook and now I can't view videos on fox. It says that the media cannot be decoded. It worked before the update. Any ideas?

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jarviser
Posts: 1,625
Registered: ‎02-28-2012
My Device: Two PB's

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

Post a link to a fox video so others can try it. Mine is fine on bbc and youtube, both use flash.

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jason68
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-04-2012
My Device: playbook
My Carrier: rogers

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

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chaosdivine
Posts: 510
Registered: ‎09-16-2012
My Device: BB PlayBook (32 GB Wi-Fi OS 2.1.0.1314) and Torch 9810 (OS 7.1.0.746)

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1


jason68 wrote:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1876230745001/across-america-nh-high-school-may-lose-football-program/?pl...

 

That is just one link but they all of the videos say decode error.

 

here are a couple more

 

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1875656348001/obama-campaign-defends-response-to-libya-attack/?playlist_i...

 

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1870082443001/roseanne-barr-puts-pot-on-presidential-platform/?playlist_i...

 

After I posted last night I also noticed that the cnn videos don't work either


I tried Fox's videos as linked to and indeed they do not load.
However, CNN videos do load and start to play on my tablet but I have received a few errors saying "There was a problem playing this video". You can access CNN videos from this URL: http://www.cnn.com/video/

 

For the record, sports videos on http://www.tsn.ca do load and play and they're Flash video also.

 

One last thing, videos on YouTube these days aren't necessarily Flash videos anylonger but are most likely HTML5 videos (thanks to the many iPads and iPods of the world - which don't HAVE Flash installed unless you work around that somehow). HTML5 has a video tag in it which the PlayBook's web browser handles just fine and you'd never notice unless you ran into a decoding error like you have with this update. PlayBook's browser is very HTML5 standards compliant (and will improve in the BB 10 OS) http://html5test.com/results/tablet.html.

 

Long story short, there does appear to be some Flash problems with both CNN's site (they stop playing after a while and give an error) and Fox's videos (they just don't play at all).

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jason68
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-04-2012
My Device: playbook
My Carrier: rogers

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

any fix that you can think of? why would they not work?
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chaosdivine
Posts: 510
Registered: ‎09-16-2012
My Device: BB PlayBook (32 GB Wi-Fi OS 2.1.0.1314) and Torch 9810 (OS 7.1.0.746)

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

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jason68 wrote:
any fix that you can think of? why would they not work?

Unfortunately, I do not have a fix to offer you at this time but it's something that is definitely going to affect many people and so there will be more reports in short order. It has been only 24 hours since the update was released publicly in non beta status and we're just starting to see some of its effects (Calendar/Contact sync problems and now this).

 

If I come across some information relating to this I will follow-up with what I find. I often browse the www.crackberry.com forums and I'll see if there are any threads relating to this over there.

 

One thing I didn't try was the built in YouTube app itself. I was using the web browser. If it's possible, it would be nice to repeat the test with the YT application. The YT app tends to be more problematic than the browser by the way.

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cas118
Posts: 855
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: Z30 / PlayBook 64GB
My Carrier: Virgin Mobile UK

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

I'll second this.

Tried to watch Zero Punctuation on The Escapist - you need to be a subscriber to get HTML5 video.

The Flash player doesn't seem to load up at all. I just get the play box which doesn't do anything when tapped.

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TOF
Posts: 66
Registered: ‎01-22-2012
My Device: Torch 9800, Playbook 64
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

Yup, same thing on two Playbooks here.  I'd swap SMS for reliable news vidwo viewing.  Seems sort of hit or miss, CNN and  nbcnews.com seem to work, but Fox news video clips, no.

 

Had no trouble in beta 2.1.x.

 

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suewatters1
Posts: 12
Registered: ‎10-05-2012
My Device: Playbook
My Carrier: Cogeco

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

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I think that the Flashplayer was upgraded recently and I find it harder to play my Facebook games. I think the Flashplayer that BlackBerry uses is never upgraded to what other browsers on a PC has.

I wish you would update your Flashplayer  for the playbook.

 

Thanks 

Sue 

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loftus49
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎10-06-2012
My Device: BB9900, PlayBook
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Re: Flash videos won't work with 2.1

Both my fiancee and I have the same problem (video error on Fox, etc.) wherein they don't play and we receive an error message.  Hopefully a fix is in the works.  There are a lot of news (and other web sites) that are affected.

 

 

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