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Part 2: Making the Web Work for You > Playing Online Video, Music, and Broadcas...

Chapter 7. Playing Online Video, Music, and Broadcasts

Your PC is not really your TV yet. But it's getting there. Already, you can watch live or recorded video through the Internet, and listen to live radio broadcasts and CD-quality recorded music, too.

Your ability to do that -depends upon your browser. Good, up-to-date browsers come pre-equipped to play most of the multimedia content on the Web (sometimes with a little help from programs built in to the Windows or Mac operating systems). Good browsers are also extensible; that is, they can be refitted to deal with new file types and Internet services as they come along. New stuff always does come along, all because petulant teenage geniuses keep inventing new multimedia formats (like CD-quality music files) and putting 'em online.


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