Having problems viewing video on Messiah's website? The following FAQ contains answers to several common questions associated to viewing video on Messiah's website.
To view Messiah video, you are required to have Windows Media Player 9 or higher. You can download Windows Media Player 9 Series from the Microsoft Windows Media Player website:
For optimal performance we recommend that you download the latest player. You can also upgrade to the most recent version of Windows Media Player at any time. Open the Windows Media Player application and select "Check for Players Updates..." from the Help menu.
Macintosh users will need the latest version of Flip4Mac WMV. This free utility allows Mac users to watch Windows Media Video.
Once you click on the link to start a video, there is a brief delay after you connect, during which your system "buffers" the video stream from our server before it begins playing. If the delay is longer than a few seconds, verify that your system meets the following:
If you have Windows Media Player and a broadband connection, it may be that the number of people using the Internet has slowed down the transfer of information from our server to your computer. This is referred to as "network congestion," and often occurs in the early evening and at other peak hours. You may experience a faster connection at an off-peak time.
Frequently, when a video stops in the middle, it is merely waiting for more information to come over the broadband connection; once it does, the video will start again on its own. If the stream does not restart in a reasonable amount of time, try stopping and restarting the video. This causes the stream to “rebuffer” and may reset the connection.
Usually this happens because you do not have a fast enough connection to the Internet. If you connect to the Internet through a dial-up modem, you will not be able to view the video; a broadband connection is required.
You may have problems viewing media when your Windows Media Player streaming speed doesn't match the speed of your connection to the Internet. If you have Windows Media Player 9, you can remedy that by following the directions at Microsoft's site here. If you have Windows Media Player 10 or 11, go to the Tools Menu, click Options, go to the Performance tab, and select Detect Connection Speed. This will make sure the connection speeds always match.
Some corporate networks and Internet Service Providers block video transmissions. If you cannot see video clips (even though your system meets the system requirements noted above), you may want to contact your Internet Service Provider or Network Administrator to see whether a security firewall is blocking video transmission.