espn videos now blocked
ok so i am big on fantasy sports and enjoy watching espn videos and clips directly from my playbook. I just noticed today that i can no longer watch any espn videos from the site unless its videos from the mobile site which o care nothing about. If i go to play a video i get the "unauthorized to play on this device" message or however it goes. wtf gives? playbook is supposed to play flash videos with ease. Thats what puts it ahead of the ipad. Now all of a sudden i cant watch videos on one of my favorite sites. oh and i cant go to the regular site either anymore. it takes me to the mobile view no matter what. anyone know what the problem is? are sites going to just start blocking the broswer? i dont get it
- CrackBerry Master
07-15-11, 03:34 AM #2
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Im taken to a very nice tablet version of ESPN when I visit from my PB, and the video works great. But i see what ur talking about. if u click 'espn.com" in the footer of the webpage to see the full site, it does take u to the full site, and u cannot play the video
FYI: ESPN3.com works well too.
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Last edited by sf18443; 07-15-11 at 03:40 AM.
- CrackBerry User
07-15-11, 06:04 AM #4
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The PB cannot control the outcome of how websites load, this particular change is something instigated by ESPN, who it seems have decided to force PB users to view the ESPN content via their mobile site rather than the normal site.
There is nothing PB can do about this, maybe in the future there will be an option to have Firefox, Opera etc as browsers on the PB which should eliminate this problem.
- 07-15-11, 08:06 AM #5
So much for the "full web" experience on the Playbook.
- 07-15-11, 08:25 AM #10
07-15-11, 08:26 AM #11
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I just checked out ESPN and was able to watch all the videos on my PB.
I have seen the service denial on some other site but I was good to go at least for today. I don't really watch that outlet much though.
Edit: It was the mobile site I was directed to. Big meh = non issue.
Last edited by shootsscores; 07-15-11 at 08:30 AM.
- 07-15-11, 08:30 AM #12
its not just the PB, its mobile devices in general. Many sites block content whether its a PB, iPhone or a transformer. doesnt matter its all considered mobile. That is why you have apps for some things. it allows for "premium" content consuption
Last edited by howarmat; 07-15-11 at 08:34 AM.
- 07-15-11, 08:45 AM #13
- 07-15-11, 09:14 AM #14
The majority of people think that flash is the be all and end all of the Playbook web experience. "We can go to flash sites, and iPad's can't" It simply doesn't hold much water. When I can go to the top websites in the world on an iPad and a Playbook, there is no advantage for the Playbook.
As far as sports sites are concerned, I can go to all the major websites, and see all the content on a iPad, and even watch the video's. Flash isn't an issue. I know some people will talk about their favorite sports sites that are all flash, which may or may not be providing legal streaming content. That's fine enjoy. But when
mlb.com, nhl.com, tsn.ca, sportsnet.ca, espn.com, youtube.com, amazon.ca
all work fine on the iPad and NOT using a mobile website. The definition of "full web" is marketing it's that simple.
- CrackBerry Genius
07-15-11, 10:06 AM #15
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Good thing your not a 8 year old girl. To my 8 year old daughter the full web is almost nothing but flash game sites. Her favorite being webkinz. One day she had a webkinz party to go to. The same day we had planned a trip to go to a state park nearby. Well using nothing but the PlayBook and it's Bridge browser she was able to set at a table, eat lunch with the family, log in, join the party, play all of the games her little friends were playing and was even able to voice chat with all of them. She stayed till the very end of the party. No lag, no wifi, no PC not even a tethering charge. On an ipad you can't do that.
The term "full web" is very personal. It all depends on your personal use. For her she can use her entire full web on the PB. On her grandmother's ipad her full web is almost nothing but blue lego blocks. Even after installing a flash work around browser on the ipad webkinz runs very choppy, almost slide show slow and voice chat wont work. So even using a browser that makes Steve cry at night can't give her what she considers the full web.
Last edited by Witmen; 07-15-11 at 10:08 AM.
- 07-15-11, 10:14 AM #16
Why is this even a debate espn is NOT blocking any mobile platform. Apple, Android, Blackberry they all work.
The OP probably tried to access an espn insider video and he does not pay for espn insider account.
- 07-15-11, 10:15 AM #17
- 07-15-11, 10:51 AM #18
- CrackBerry Abuser
07-15-11, 10:52 AM #19
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- CrackBerry User
07-15-11, 11:58 AM #22
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link to mlb fastcast videos
Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | MLB.com: Multimedia From here you can sign up for live games. Been watching for months.
- CrackBerry Addict
07-15-11, 01:01 PM #24
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Oh wow, that's to bad espn decided to stick it to playbook owners and give us the mobile site. I personally don't use the espn site often and don't find the mobile site bad at all. ESPN Deportes it the site I use and it appears to still be functioning at its full potential.