Mplayer stops playing after <1sec when streaming

Freddie Ruddick frederific at
Fri Dec 22 17:53:15 UTC 2006


I've been trying to view the video news on, and other embedded
video-streams elsewhere on the net. I have mplayer and mozilla-mplayer
installed. When I try and view one of these streams, mplayer buffers it,
and plays around half a second of the audio, sometimes accompanied by a
few frames of the video, then returns to "Stopped". This doesn't seem to
be limited to one type of stream; I get the same behaviour with ogg
theora, windows media, real and quicktime streams.

Why does it do this, and how can I fix it?

If I download the file (only possible with some), it plays fine in the
mplayer application.

This is on Ubuntu 6.10

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

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