Does WAP support flash?

February 4, 2011 at 19:49:05
Specs: Vista SP1, 3.0Ghz,2Ghz
I created a web site with video on it. I want to be able to see the video on my cell phone. I converted an mpg video to flv and also downloaded the player. Everything works fine locally but over the internet, the player never loads the video. I know this could be the result of many different things: ISP does not allow video hosting for flash(my ISP is Verizon; they do allow avi, mpg, mov) or does the site have to be entirely rewritten in WML with the videos in 3GP. But then the question arises: does the ISP support hosting for mobile devices. Someone agreed with me that FLV can be used for PCs and cell phones. Is there something I'm missing? Is this more complicated than it sounds? Thanks.

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February 4, 2011 at 22:39:46
Hmm, to the best of my knowledge, WAP does not support flash. However I'm not really certain.

But, you're saying it never works right in a browser?

I would:

Install firebug
Check the 'Net' panel - do you see the network request for the FLV file?

Sometimes, though, videos downloaded thru flash will not show in the firebug console, if you don't see it -

Install Wireshark
Start a capture, reload the webpage
Trace the connection - is the FLV being requested? What is the result?

My guess is - the FLV never gets requested from the server. Is that what's happening?

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February 5, 2011 at 10:13:42

If it is the case that it's never being requested from the server...then what's the fix?

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February 5, 2011 at 10:38:44
If no REQUEST, then could be same origin policy, crossdomain.xml, the flash player itself might be buggy (Try a different one, although I've used JWPlayer & it usually works ok), or could be network issues.

If you see a REQUEST, look at the RESPONSE - is it an HTTP 200? 404? 500? Maybe the file path is just wrong...

Try to trace the actual problem, what you're describing is just a symptom.

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February 5, 2011 at 12:58:20
I saw a post online which said the problem could be that the MIME type flv does not exist on the server. I think this could be the issue. I know that Verizon does not support Front Page extensions either. I guess if I really want to do this I have to use my own server and add the MIME type of flv to it. DIdn't think this would open up such a can of worms...but welcome to video and the internet!

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February 7, 2011 at 20:55:12
Hmm, yea could be the issue. On most servers (even hosted ones), you can add your own mimetypes (usually done through an .htaccess file on a *nix server)

If you have Firebug installed on Firefox, you can just load the URL in the browser & look at the 'Response' section in 'Network'. It should be 'video/x-flv'.

Or w/ WGET you can print the response info with -S, like:

wget -S

It should look something like:

  HTTP/1.1 200 OK
  Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 04:52:19 GMT
  Content-Type: video/x-flv
Length: 5881198 (5.6M) [video/x-flv]

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