Video Weirdness

Posted in news, tv at 11:23 pm by danvk

I saw something incredibly strange on the online NewsHour tonight, at the 6:26 mark:


Why is PBS using a TiVo to record their own show? I just can’t fathom any way in which this makes sense. At least they gave it two thumbs up.

On a somewhat related note, I watch the NewsHour in QuickTime Player, since VLC’s streaming support isn’t quite there yet. QT Player is a terrible program. In order to go full-screen, you have to fork over $25 to Apple to upgrade to the “Pro version”. This has always struck me as idiotic, so I found this workaround hilarious. Apple forgot to seal this feature off from AppleScript, so if you run this…

tell application “QuickTime Player”
   present front movie
end tell

… you’ll go fullscreen without upgrading!


  1. Evan said,

    April 5, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I’ve happily used MPlayer OS X. QuickTime is total crap.

  2. danvk said,

    April 6, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    No can do. MPlayer chokes on the stream. Doesn’t give me an error message or anything, it just ignores it.