Watch Windows Media (WMV) Stream on Mac

By | November 4, 2008

Instead of installing Flip4Mac you can use VLC to watch streaming videos, particularly Windows Media (wmv) streams on Mac.

Here’s how:

Download VLC for Mac OS X here. Install and Launch VLC Player.

A Windows Media stream that cannot be played in Firefox will only show a lego brick and a blank area.

WMV Plugin needed Firefox Mac

To find the media stream in Firefox, go to Tools -> Page Info (Cmd + I).

Firefox Page Info

On the Page Info pop-up window, click on the Media tab.

firefox_wmv_media_stream

One of media items in the list will use a different protocol than http, in this case, mms with the Type as Embed.  In the Location information just below the list you’ll see the mms media stream Internet address. In this case mms://live.france24.com/election-en.wsx.  Highlight this address with your mouse and Cmd + C to copy it.

Now it’s time to open that Windows Media stream in VLC Player. Click on File and Open Network.

VLC Open Network

Paste the Windows Media stream that you copied earlier into Media Resource Locator field. Then click on HTTP/FTP/MMS/RTSP radio button on the left hand side of the Open Source window.

Open WMV Stream in VLC

Click OK. VLC will begin loading the stream and will play the WMV stream shortly.

VLC Playing WMV media stream on Mac

Enjoy your coverage of Obama defeating John McCain on France 24 live media stream.


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3 thoughts on “Watch Windows Media (WMV) Stream on Mac

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  2. Jen

    Hi, Can you please explain how to get the mms from veetle? I am following instructions exactly, and there are no mms addresses when I do this..thank you!

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