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What's the latest info on Flash Player and streaming TV?

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What's the latest info on Flash Player and streaming TV?

I tried to stream TV last night on my MacBook Pro and hit a wall. I found the channel I wanted to stream and clicked Watch. Next, the site told me "Let’s get your Adobe Flash Player up and running." I clicked on Enable Flash, which opened another tab at https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/enabling-flash-player-safari.html. Trouble is, the instructions and illustrations at that Adobe site don't match what I see in my own Safari Preferences screen. I don't have ANY plug-ins to activate. See here—

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I went looking for how to enable plug-ins, which turned up posts that said Adobe is ending support for Flash later this year and other information that suggests that Xfinity won't support live streaming of TV. What's going on? Can someone please give us some straight answers. The help clearly isn't helping.

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Re: What's the latest info on Flash Player and streaming TV?

Hello!
It looks like you're using Safari v13.2, which is the Technology Preview build that does not currently support Flash playback.
Please use to the production Safari v13.1 to use Stream, or switch to Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.


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Re: What's the latest info on Flash Player and streaming TV?

Thanks for that response. I'm now streaming with Safari. I started using Safari Technology Preview months ago when I found I could no longer use my bank's bill payer app with Safari. STP let me pay my bills, but now I know that to stream TV I have to fall back to old faithful Safari.

 

Well ... I just gotta ask this: Can you tell me what's gonna happen this fall when Apple releases its next version of macOS and Safari and they don't support Flash anymore? Will Comcast/Xfinity also let go of Adobe Flash and switch to HTML5 (or whatever is going to replace Flash) ... ?

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Re: What's the latest info on Flash Player and streaming TV?

Comcast will be switching to HTML5 or similar by then. They have to. Supposedly the holdup is that some of the networks still require the Adobe DRM that is part of Flash.

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Re: What's the latest info on Flash Player and streaming TV?

Hello @Tater3,

 

We do not currently have an official solution or timeline for Safari 13 compatability at this time.


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