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  • Blog Post: WMP debug page to dump player events

    Attached to this post I've included a HTML file (inside the zip) that I use all of the time to see what events the player is throwing. I've used it to see if there are scripts in a customer's video, to see how many times my player rebuffers in a particular time period, to see what errors are being thrown...
  • Blog Post: Forcing the embedded player to reconnect when an error occurs

    In the next few posts, I am going to discuss high availability scenarios for times when you absolutely must deliver your video. For today's post, I'm going to talk about how to have an embedded version of WMP reconnect to the stream if there is an error. This is useful in the instances where you have...
  • Blog Post: Getting your CD or DVD listed so it shows automatically in Windows Media Player

    When you are ripping CDs with Windows Media Player, the player can automatically go out to the Internet to retrieve the metadata describing the CD such as the album name, artist, track information, etc. If you are an artist that would like to have your CD or DVD information added to the database, you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Media Player now works with Kerberos

    You may have seen in a network trace that when Windows Media Player connects to Windows Media Services that if the server had Negotiate authentication enabled for the publishing point that Kerberos would fail with a Service Principal Name unknown error. Specifically in the trace you'd see a response...
  • Blog Post: WMP unable to connect to WMS 2008; WMS returning 503 Service Unavailable

    I've talked to a number of people that are having problems streaming from Windows Media Services 2008 on Windows Server 2008 when the server is behind a NAT firewall, some proxies, or load balancers. Clients on the internal network work just fine. In a network trace you'll see at WMS is returning a 503...
  • Blog Post: Windows Media Player Protocol Rollover

    When Windows Media Player connects to a Windows Media server the player tries to use the most efficient protocol for the job. However, the player is not always able to connect with the first protocol it tries. This is usually due to either a firewall issue or the version of the client and server that...
  • Blog Post: Easy automatic ASX generation

    Easy automatic ASX generation In my first post, I thought it would be helpful to show how to use classic ASP to dynamically create ASX files for any file. An ASX file is essentially a shortcut or playlist file for Windows Media Player. Technically when you are embedding Windows Media Player...
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