ABC.com limits video content to Windows and Mac users
Feb 12, 2009, 18:06 (18 Talkback[s])
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I recently saw a story on Slashdot.com about how
CBS.com has placed all of the original Star Trek series up for
on-line viewing. Note was made that their flash-based viewer works
well with Linux.
There are several excellent examples of sites that do it right,
providing video content using flash-based players that do an
excellent job of providing TV shows, movies, and other videos to
any flash-enabled browser. Here are a few that I recommend:
CBS.com in particular provides much of their content in a 720
pixel HD format that gives the viewer excellent HD image and sound
quality. With *no* OS restrictions.
On the other hand, there is one TV provider, ABC.com, that chose
the backwards-thinking approach of limiting browser content to
specific OSs. ABC.com's new viewer is Windows/Mac-only, and as a
result here are now millions of Linux users such as myself who are
locked out from viewing their content.
Here's a link that demonstrates this:
Perhaps the good folks at ABC.com could benefit from a little
feedback from members of the Linux community about their limiting
approach to providing internet video content.
In the mean time, however, enjoy watching TV, movies, music
videos, and more from those other excellent providers listed