How To Watch ABC.com Episodes in Google Chrome

ABC has a fairly unique player for their shows, and requires a plugin from Movenetworks.  Unfortunately, that plugin is not supported in Chrome.  You get an error message from ABC saying to use IE/Firefox or Firefox/Safari on the Mac.

So we tried capturing and modifying the javascript, even downloading the movenetwork exe file and using a variety of tricks, and….it just ain’t going to happen.  :-( By the way, a trick we tried which didn’t work, was changing Chrome’s user-agent information (saying it was IE or Firefox) but it didn’t work.

SUGGESTIONS
1. Search for your favorite ABC shows, and find other sites which might be hosting them.  For example, LOST, Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty can be watched in Chrome at http://www.tv-video.net/

Other Yes’s: Blinkx.com has some episodes which work (via megavideo.com (yea!)) but some they point you back to abc.com (boo!).

Some No’s: Among other media sites with (supposedly) full episodes, the following sites point you back to ABC so won’t work: television.aol.com, hulu.com, truveo.com, sidereel.com, and fancast.com.  

2. Keep an eye for improvements in Google  Chrome.  They have noted this problem at code.google.com in this Error Report (Issue 6502).

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Conficker News - So Far Quiet

No complaints or calls from customers “yet.”

PC World reports

The Conficker worm today has begun to phone home for instructions but has done little else. Conficker was programmed to today begin actively visiting 500 out of 50,000 randomly generated web addresses to receive instructions on how to behave.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/162381/conficker_dday_arrives_worm_phones_home_quietly.html

Conficker Virus - April 1st or Not?

Hmmm.  There are so many viruses out there.  We’ve heard estimates of 40,000 new viruses every DAY.  This one gets the publicity.  So far, we haven’t seen anyone with it.  There was a patch issued in December…and a window of time between Oct-Dec where millions of Chinese pc’s got infected.  In December, there was “panic in the news pages” about this virus.  It is now on the third version.  We do not rate it that serious, though a patch can be installed (the December one).  Essentially, it’s a problem for those who are infected now but don’t know it.

The issue for businesses is that the virus is network aware and can attack other pc’s and server on a LAN (so this includes pc’s connected remotely by VPN).

The Basic Strategy is to

1. Scan for the virus
Can use Bitdefender’s QuickScan Their Press Release here.
Or use Symantec’s Cleaning Tool

2. Put on the Microsoft patch.

Patch: Conficker Patch downloads from Microsoft.

Main Conficker Information from Microsoft.

Free AntiVirus Scan 1
Free AntiVirus Scan 2(from Bitdefender)

Watch TV Online - Review of CBS, NBC, ABC

So just how easy have the big three networks made it to watch their shows online?  And how much of their content is available online?

The results are surprising.

 

CBS.com Rates: B+

23 primetime shows available.  They try to steer you into small one and two minute clips.  Full episodes are available for some but not all shows.  Commercials on the episodes: only 3 placements - none in the beginning.  Playability: good - you can mute, make full size, skip around.  Can even mute the commercials.

But the small clips - they put a 15 second commercial in front of each one.  Makes reviewing their content very hard.

 

NBC.com Rates: B-

Over 40 shows available.  Lots of clips, but only about 5 full episodes are available for any given show when they do have full shows.  Can view full screen; however the progress slider is not as good as CBS’s..having only a small line to click and drag.  Bummer on the commercials - cannot mute (except for your pc’s controls).  On the full episodes (boo) they start with 30 seconds of (unmuteable) commercials.  In one case, a commercial for a movie opened a new browser window for the product - Boo!


ABC.com Rates: C-

Offers fewest episodes of any of the big 3.  Pops up a special player that you have to install, following your reading and clicking Agree To regarding a license.  Had problems on 2 different pc’s with this site.  A full episodes starts with a 10 second voiceover about commercials, then a 15 second commercial (unmuteable) and in the progress area, you can see they have spots for 6 commercial breaks for the “43 minute” show - really the most of any of the big 3.  Slowest to load too.

 

ABC’s presentation of commercials is unique, in that you can pause them mute them, fast forward them, BUT they still make you wait the full 30 seconds before the show is able to continue.

 


Quick Ratings and Comments of other networks

 


FOX: A-

They guide you right into full episodes, and the embedded player is good.  Over a “44 minute” full episode they only have 5 commercial breaks.  Commercials are pauseable and muteable, but they seem to be a minute long on the “hour long” shows.  Yuck!  If you pause the commercial, then restart you have to still wait the unplayed time.  Half hour shows had 30 and 15 second commercials.  If you watch more than one episode the commercial function would sometimes let me skip over the commercial entirely.  Maybe they’re giving us credit for having seen pervious ones. ;)  On a bad note, the player would goof up sometimes, and not allow the side button functions to work, without re-entering the site.

 

Commedy Central: A-

Lots of clips (fairly appropriate for this material), but not too many full episodes.  Full episodes presented on a shows page, like for The Daily Show.  Clips had 5 second silent commercials which were decent

 


ESPN: C
Pretty much just clips, but not very many.  There are 7 clips “today” and about 6 per day for 5 days going back in the archives.  Only good thing to say is there are no commercials…and they provide a link for THEIR commercials, which I’m sure many people watch.

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