When you go to watch a Channel 9 video, there is a lot of magic that happens to get you to the right format of video for your device and browser. Essentially though, you can end up watching videos on our site in one of a few different ways:
- HTML 5 with H264 video (MP4): If your browser supports HTML 5 video, and the H264 codec, then you are set for Channel 9. A small number of our oldest videos may not have a MP4 version, but we are fixing that up as quickly as we can.
- HTML 5 with WebM video: If you are running Firefox, especially on a non-Windows OS, then this is for you. We provide both a MP4 and WebM source in our HTML 5 output, so you'll be playing whichever one your browser supports.
- Silverlight: We never force you to use a plugin to watch our videos, HTML 5 should always be an option, but if you already have Silverlight installed, then we'll happily use it to play the video.
Flash: Just like with Silverlight, Flash is never a requirement, but if your browser/OS doesn't support HTML 5 and you have Flash installed then we'll happily use it as well!
- Click to play, or download... If all else fails, on our side or yours, we'll offer you a direct link to our video file in MP4 or WMV format. You can click that link and you'll either be prompted to download it or to open it up in a video player (exactly what happens is up to your browser and your settings).
You can also right click to download any of the video links we have on our pages. Generally we should always have a few different sizes of MP4 and an audio only version in MP3 format available for each and every one of our videos. Downloading is always a great option, especially if you want to grab the highest quality file (which we don't use in our streaming player) or if you want to have the video available offline.
Need an HTML 5 compatible browser?
Can't install a new browser, but still want to watch the videos on the page?
For that, you'll need Silverlight
or Flash installed.