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Can you watch 4od on the iPad?

I'm wondering.... if I get an iPad.... does the lack of flash mean I can't watch 4od?

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Aug. 13, 2012 at 18:28

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 18:28

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 18:36

midnitebeast
I'm wondering.... if I get an iPad.... does the lack of flash mean I can't watch 4od? No, as matt pointed out, there's an app for that.
And most video sites these days cater to the massive fleet of iOS devices. I have yet to encounter a site that the iPad can't handle. If Safari doesn't do it, usually a free alternative does. Don't forget: Adobe is pretty much ditching support of Flash on mobile devices. The video sites don't wanna miss out on that huge clientele

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 19:05

Even Android has now ditched flash (or Flash ditched Android). I installed flash manually on my Jelly Bean device, then uninstalled it because its awful.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 21:44

Even Android has now ditched flash (or Flash ditched Android). I installed flash manually on my Jelly Bean device, then uninstalled it because its awful.

Yes, I tried watching some Youtube clips on the SGS3 in the browser... whatcan I say?
Rubbish. Chose MX Player instead, and no problems.
On the iPad I use Downloader. I think it's 79 cent. It plays videos on all sides, and if you want, you can save/download them.

midnitebeast  Aug. 13, 2012 at 21:52

Excellent :D

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 22:44

Yes, I tried watching some Youtube clips on the SGS3 in the browser... whatcan I say?
Rubbish. Chose MX Player instead, and no problems.
On the iPad I use Downloader. I think it's 79 cent. It plays videos on all sides, and if you want, you can save/download them.


Why not use the youtube app on the sgs3? I've read it has download capabilities anyway. (menu > add to > watch later)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:23

Yes, I tried watching some Youtube clips on the SGS3 in the browser... whatcan I say?
Rubbish. Chose MX Player instead, and no problems.
On the iPad I use Downloader. I think it's 79 cent. It plays videos on all sides, and if you want, you can save/download them.


Why not use the youtube app on the sgs3? I've read it has download capabilities anyway. (menu > add to > watch later)

I think it was more a test of the flash capabilities of the phone, as opposed to a lack of knowledge that Android has a YT app ;).

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 02:27

Come to think of it would not being able to watch 4od be considered an issue or an advantage?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 11:02

Yes, I tried watching some Youtube clips on the SGS3 in the browser... whatcan I say?
Rubbish. Chose MX Player instead, and no problems.
On the iPad I use Downloader. I think it's 79 cent. It plays videos on all sides, and if you want, you can save/download them.


Why not use the youtube app on the sgs3? I've read it has download capabilities anyway. (menu > add to > watch later)

That's a watch-later playlist as I understand it. Like a bookmark, basically? I don't think it downloads videos.... Anyway, I hate how the stockbrowser and the Youtube app sign you in to your Google account every time you start them. Any way to stop that?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 11:10

Yes, I tried watching some Youtube clips on the SGS3 in the browser... whatcan I say?
Rubbish. Chose MX Player instead, and no problems.
On the iPad I use Downloader. I think it's 79 cent. It plays videos on all sides, and if you want, you can save/download them.


Why not use the youtube app on the sgs3? I've read it has download capabilities anyway. (menu > add to > watch later)

That's a watch-later playlist as I understand it. Like a bookmark, basically? I don't think it downloads videos.... Anyway, I hate how the stockbrowser and the Youtube app sign you in to your Google account every time you start them. Any way to stop that?

You're both kind of right and kind of wrong (I think). The Android YT app kind of caches videos for watching later on a slow network, but you still need an internet connection to play the videos.

As for the stock browser and YT app logging you into your Google account, I'll try and find out how to stop them doing it - if there's a way.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 11:16

Thanks. A few Google hits I found were people asking how to stop it, but no answers...
Pretty cheeky feature, I must say o_O And it steals a bit of time. But I find it border-line illegal.

I had a lookt at the YT app. I prefer the mobile site combined with MX Player, tbh.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 11:58

Pretty cheeky feature, I must say o_O And it steals a bit of time. But I find it border-line illegal.
It's not illegal (I assume you mean from a copyright point of view?), since the videos aren't actually stored on the device, any more than a buffered video is stored on a device. They can't be removed from that device and have to have an internet connection to be played back.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 12:01

Anyway, I hate how the stockbrowser and the Youtube app sign you in to your Google account every time you start them. Any way to stop that?
It doesn't seem there is a way to stop it, unfortunately.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 12:33

Anyway, I hate how the stockbrowser and the Youtube app sign you in to your Google account every time you start them. Any way to stop that?
It doesn't seem there is a way to stop it, unfortunately.

Yes, sseems so. I asked on Twitter...
That is quite dubious, if you ask me! Say you hit a link in a tweet/mail/etc...and it's a dodgy site? There it is, forever recorded with your account, phone type, phone number etc etc....

This is the company that has just been fined $22.5 mill for violating Safari's do-not-track policy (accidentally, wink-wink)

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