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Media Players

To view video on the Web, you must have a media player. Furthermore, in most cases you must have the appropriate media player that the media file is suppose to be viewed with. Many sites offer the same media content in three formats: Windows Media Player, Real, and QuickTime.

The world of media players is constantly changing. Even as I'm writing this chapter, Apple has announced QuickTime 6.5. This version of QuickTime can play back MPEG-2 content. There is still no standard; different Web sites offer video content in different formats. As an end user, you'll probably need at least QuickTime and Windows Media Player, but you may find subscription-based content available through Real. For example, Major League Baseball will allow you to watch baseball games if you buy a video season's pass, and this content is delivered though Real.


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