We see the constant adverts promoting the use of broadband to stream video and TV across the Internet. Yeah, this is fantastic if everyone agrees on a codec, but with QuickTime, Real, Windows Media Player and DivX all enabling us to encode our streaming video, we have to hope the end user a) has the player and codec to decode the streaming video and b) knows how to get the right codec.
This issue is clouded even further when you take in to account video that was encoded in the late 90s. In those days many of uses an Intel codec which has long-since been discontinued. Factor in the recent use of protection to prevent unauthorised copying of audio and video, and you'll soon realise that you may need a range of video players to play back streaming TV from the web.
One option is the fantastic K-Lite Codec Pack. This is a collection of all the video and audio codecs you should require for playing back audio and video from the Internet. The pack is constantly updated, so you'll be assured that the developers are always on the look out for new codecs to add to the collection.
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