1. Knightcrawler's Avatar
    So by and large, i use my playbook as a media consumption device....browsing the interwebz, streaming movies/tv, and loading videos onto the pb to watch when im out and bored.


    Unfortunately the current OS doesnt support .mkv files and certain audio codecs. Ive also had trouble playing certain .avi files (not a sound issue, the whole thing isn't recognized as a playable format even though its .avi). Similarly the browser seems to crash when im streaming videos and alot of ads pop up.

    So what can i expect from OS 2.0? are we going to have complete functionality across all video formats? its seems stupid that with such a beautiful screen i cant play videos in the format intended for HD 1080p. Or that the browser promises a "complete" internet experience, but crashes when streaming sites have popup windows or too much going on.

    I've heard that the browser on the beta is a big improvement over the current one, so im looking forward to that, but not having tried the beta version (and not really being 'in the know' on a technical level), what else can i expect as far as media consumption is concerned?
    01-07-12 01:41 PM
  2. Thunderbuck's Avatar
    I don't know that the 2.0 preview browser is a "big" improvement over the current one, but I'd still call it the most usable tablet browser right now.

    WiFi is definitely improved in the preview, though. Less buffering=WAAAAY better streaming.

    Can't comment on the .mkv support, though I'll speculate a little and say that with the Android apps that will be able to run in 2.0 that SOMEBODY will have a .mkv-compatible player out in short order. I understand that WinAmp has been working well, for instance.

    Beyond all that, RIM has hinted at a Video Store that would be in the 2.0 release.
    01-07-12 01:59 PM
  3. Blacklac's Avatar
    my buffering is actually way worse on the beta. I came from 1.0.7 though, never tried 1.0.8. Doesnt matter if i use n only or b/g/n mixed. I cNt even stream a podcast for a minute straight (video). That was not an issue for me on 1.0.7. I have wiped and use all beta uodates and i have had it with every one.
    01-07-12 02:53 PM
  4. Knightcrawler's Avatar
    see this is troubling me now cuz i keep hearing conflicting accounts of os 2.0. wonder if rim will give us a full breakdown at ces.

    I just dont wanna tell people that the pb is the ultimate media tablet and then not be able to play said media >.>
    01-07-12 06:34 PM
  5. Blacklac's Avatar
    I am hopeful the real OS2 is not what we have as a beta. I have heard RIM internally has a completely different build.
    01-07-12 07:25 PM
  6. anon(3896606)'s Avatar
    So by and large, i use my playbook as a media consumption device....browsing the interwebz, streaming movies/tv, and loading videos onto the pb to watch when im out and bored.


    Unfortunately the current OS doesnt support .mkv files and certain audio codecs. Ive also had trouble playing certain .avi files (not a sound issue, the whole thing isn't recognized as a playable format even though its .avi). Similarly the browser seems to crash when im streaming videos and alot of ads pop up.

    So what can i expect from OS 2.0? are we going to have complete functionality across all video formats? its seems stupid that with such a beautiful screen i cant play videos in the format intended for HD 1080p. Or that the browser promises a "complete" internet experience, but crashes when streaming sites have popup windows or too much going on.

    I've heard that the browser on the beta is a big improvement over the current one, so im looking forward to that, but not having tried the beta version (and not really being 'in the know' on a technical level), what else can i expect as far as media consumption is concerned?
    2.0 is supposed to bring fast browser speeds. RIM has indeed talked about video stores, and I remember seeing somewhere .mkv support in 2.0. I don't don't know for sure about that though. It could just be my imagination.
    01-07-12 07:30 PM
  7. arielp's Avatar
    indeed the OS2 support MKV, i;ve loaded lots of mkv on my PB, and browsing speed is blazing fast, even beat my chrome desktop
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    01-07-12 09:09 PM
  8. ras4life's Avatar
    indeed the OS2 support MKV, i;ve loaded lots of mkv on my PB, and browsing speed is blazing fast, even beat my chrome desktop
    I've had the beta and couldn't play MKV files. So I'm not sure which beta version you have
    01-07-12 10:29 PM
  9. Roscopcoletrain's Avatar
    I've had the beta and couldn't play MKV files. So I'm not sure which beta version you have
    I loaded a mkv this morning and worked perfectly for me on latest beta
    01-08-12 07:33 AM
  10. FF22's Avatar
    But will the video player be able to save "bookmarks" or similar so you can open and close the app and come back to your last place in a video or jump between videos and still have your place marked in each video? Video playlist for those who have a series of short videos they want to run uninterrupted?
    01-08-12 09:09 AM
  11. taylortbb's Avatar
    The latest public beta 100% confirmed has MKV support. HOWEVER, this does not mean every MKV file will play. AVI and MKV are generic containers that can hold almost any audio and video codec (format). Just because the PlayBook can decode the container doesn't mean it understands what's inside it. It supports basically every video format you'll find, so that's not an issue. However, for audio it supports MP3 and AAC but not AC3 or DTS. The result is that it plays lots of AVIs and MKVs but not all. Rumour has it AC3 audio support is coming, with that it'd play 90% of MKVs. I've heard nothing about DTS support, but adding it via a software update would be quite doable.
    Last edited by taylortbb; 01-11-12 at 03:41 PM.
    01-08-12 11:18 PM
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