Installing Silverlight on Firefox

I was thinking about Live Blogging this or something, but it’s not like anyone is going to read it in real time. So, I’ll just write my experience here.

By the way, I am really only installing Silverlight because NBA.com wants me to. I can’t watch their Windows Media videos in Firefox, so I’m hoping that if I install Silverlight and am able to watch those videos, the NBA web admins will see their numbers go up and start putting everything in Silverlight. Then I’ll be able to watch it all in Firefox and not have to go to IE anymore. That’ll be the day.

So far, I’ve downloaded the executable and that’s it… Note: I’ve got 8 tabs open right now, so if this requires a browser restart, it could be a problem. Moreso if it’s an auto-browser-restart (which I can see Microsoft wanting to do).

Letting it through the firewall…

And I will have to restart my browser for these setting to take effect… but I get to do it when I want. So, I’ll use my secret “crash Firefox” session saving technique (in which I end the Firefox process from the Task Manager, thereby saving my tabs).

Back in a sec…

Okay! NBA.com says it’s successfully installed, and it looks like the video is there. Playback time!

Overall, not too bad. A little bit of skipping along the way, but that happens… Rewind was not so kind. Clicking on the playback bar results in the video stalling while the audio rewound and then played. If I used the scrub bar, then it worked okay after about a second. I’ll take that over Windows “Buffering” Media Player, any day, though.

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Posted on April 23, 2008, in The New Web and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Installing Silverlight on Firefox.

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