Video stream­ing

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Videos not play­ing, or glitchy, or some­times say­ing “Video can­not be played?” Some sub­scrip­tion-based stream­ing ser­vices use Mi­crosoft Sil­verlight, which hasn’t been up­dated for High Sierra; it’s only cer­ti­fied for 10.6 through to 10.11. For a start, in­stall the lat­est ver­sion and see­verlight if it won’t in­stall. As of High Sierra, Sil­verlight can’t ac­cess lo­cal files by de­fault, which may in­clude down­loaded/buffered videos.

In Sa­fari > Pref­er­ences > Web­sites, se­lect Sil­verlight on the left, then Alt-click the pop-up menu next to the prob­lem­atic web­site and dis­able “Run in Safe Mode.” Con­firm when asked. This may do the trick, but note that do­ing this presents a se­cu­rity risk.

In­creased browser se­cu­rity in Sa­fari in High Sierra means that older plug­ins such as Sil­verlight may run into trouble — there is a work­around, though.

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