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Can't play Dailymotion videos

January 11, 2018 at 12:04:47
Specs: Windows XP
Dailymotion introduced a new player about three months ago, and it won't play video on my computer. The previous Dailymotion player worked fine.

I get sound, but the video box is just a black box.

Windows XP
Firefox 52.5.3

Dailymotion are no help, they wouldn't have a clue.

Anyone know? Could it simply be that they have designed a player that won't work on Windows XP? I did ask them, but they refused to answer.


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January 11, 2018 at 13:31:48
Why are you still running XP?

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January 12, 2018 at 02:32:52
Yes, they have designed a player that won't work on Windows XP.. YouTube as well only there they want to call it HTML5 and announce my OS doesn't support it. Yet I can use YouTube downloader, capture it as a .mp4 file and send that to VLC player all day long. While current Flash could always play .mp4 files too.

So I just tried dailymotion myself and can confirm just audio and black screen, but selecting view source from right click does show .mp4 links to downloadable video files that do work with VLC player same as YouTube. A dailymotion downloader should work fine for you but if you want to try the source method find the resolution link that fits your need and copy/paste the link including authorization nonsense into metapad and remove backwards slash, \/ becomes / and the link will start a download for that file.

It wasn't the previous player that worked, it was the script that they were running then. New script doesn't allow for reverse forward slashes to work with Flash but the made for it downloaders can latch to such an obfuscated link for you and it works.

You will have to go to Win7 at least if you want it like you used to have it.


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January 12, 2018 at 09:19:45
YouTube videos play on my computer just fine though, and they are HTML5 like Dailymotion. So YouTube must be doing something different?

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January 12, 2018 at 09:29:20
Yep, YouTube HTML5 play fine on XP.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 13, 2018 at 04:09:26
They don't play fine on FireFox XP here.

Of course YouTube is doing something different, I don't get audio there for example.

Main reveal is that the handwriting is on the wall, we are being obsoleted actively.

A little investigation shows that I took them at their word when they said 52.1.2 was the last version with XP support and my Flash is behind too.

You will need a downloader to notice that among the WEBM (htm5) files they also have .mp4 files and in a vast array of sizes according to the desired resolution you want to store, video only and audio only too. If .mp4 is available and Flash can't use it, it's only because YouTube won't allow anything that doesn't show their desired HTML5 versions. Which when I tried them would hang up, skip and all manner of issues including filling the screen up with clickable links to tracking at When I was able to force Flash to be the player, I had none of those issues. And then they changed their script to disallow me the choice. And this is what I look at now:

I have some updating to do and June is the new deadline for XP with firefox as of this writing. So I might have a short reprieve with YouTube, I can't help but think that your time at dailymotion is already done for.


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