Web TV

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Many broadcasters put their television programmes online using flash video streaming. This seems likely to increase in the future. This page provides links to the online flash players of those broadcasters.

Broadcasters that do not provide streaming of programme content using flash are also listed here for completeness, and because they may well introduce some form of (flash) streaming in the future.



Public broadcasters

  • WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk). Doesn't work: uses RTMP (SWF8).
  • NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk). Doesn't work. Appears to stick at NetConnection.connect(). May be an RTMP stream. (SWF9).
  • MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk). Doesn't work (SWF8).
  • Bayerischer Fundfunk: Flash for both video and audio. Site looks dreadful in Epiphany.
    • Relatively short videos.
    • Video works faultlessly with Gnash and ffmpeg: volume controls, seeking, playback (audio / video), restart, play / pause. (SWF7).
  • ARD: an umbrella organization for state public broadcasters
    • The [news site] offers videos from the news programme. (Flash and Windows Media)
  • SWR (Süddeutscher Rundfunk). Uses RTMP, so doesn't work. (SWF7)
  • HR (Hessischer Rundfunk). Seems to use the jeroenwijering player, works, though sound is bad.
  • ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen): SWF9 for streaming (VLC no longer supported)

Private broadcasters

  • VOX. Parts of old shows available, mainly trailers (SWF8). Works (sound not particularly good).
  • RTL uses flash for old programmes. Doesn't work with Gnash.

Not presently using Flash

  • RBB (Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg). Appears to use SMIL.
  • 3sat Co-operation of Austrian, German, and Swiss television, uses media players.
  • arte Co-operation of French and German broadcasters, uses media players.
  • Phoenix: Politics and documentaries. Uses media players.

United Kingdom

National broadcasters

  • BBC using the BBC iPlayer. Television shows only available in the UK, but the same player is used freely on the news site. Uses RTMP, so doesn't work.
  • ITV. (SWF8). Mixture of Flash and Silverlight(!). Videos only available in the UK. Doesn't work.
  • Channel 4. (SWF8). Some videos apparently available outside the UK. Doesn't work.

Not presently using Flash

  • five: no streaming of programmes, but flash used for trailers.


Not presently using Flash

  • ORF: main national broadcaster, uses media players for streaming.

New Zealand

Public broadcasters

  • TVNZOnDemand: Doesn't work. New Zealand's primary video-on-demand site - SWF9. Verbose log here.