Show Embedded Video Who’s Boss with Airvidplay

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Remember when browsing the web via a mobile device was an arduous and painfully slow experience? Thankfully, the days of squinting at a tiny screen and waiting for what felt like an eternity to view a horribly formatted and nonfunctional mobile site are over—unless you’re unlucky enough to own an a certain competing device (trololol). Nowadays, our devices are big enough and powerful enough to make browsing the web almost as quick and comfortable as on a traditional desktop browser. One thing that does still tend to cause issues for some, though, are embedded videos. Whether it’s because of a lack of robust Flash support or simply just not playing nicely with a mobile browser, embedded videos are (in my opinion, anyway) the one remaining item that quite often gives me the urge to throw my device at the wall.

XDA Forum Member kotipelto put together an application called Airvidplay, which might help to alleviate some of that frustration by allowing you to do more with embedded content. It is capable of extracting embedded videos from any page processed by your browser, even if that browser does not have support for Flash. It also provides you with various alternative ways of viewing them. The application will so far allow you to”

  • Download the video for viewing offline
  • Watch the video in either the native Android player or third party player of your choice
  • Share a direct link to the video via email
  • Stream the video to a DLNA/UPNP renderer

Check out the original application thread for more information on this if you’d like to be able to make embedded content a little more flexible.

While I have your attention, if you intend on using this in conjunction with a DLNA/UPnP renderer, you might want to check out this recent Information Week post detailing some recently discovered vulnerabilities with the UPnP protocol and how to find out if you are affected. Thanks to JimmyMcGee for pointing this out.


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