Why doesn't Flash work on my mobile phone?

Episode 994

Tiffany from Anaheim, CA

Tiffany says that on her tablet, she can't play Flash on some websites. Leo says that Flash doesn't work well on tablets and smartphones and while there are sites that still run it, they're missing out on half the traffic they could have. Google Play has a Flash player, but Adobe doesn't support it anymore and it's not very good. Video works on YouTube because YouTube has an HTML5 site for mobile devices.

Do I really need Flash for streaming video?

Episode 986

Chris from Kentucky

Chris wants to know if he really needs to deal with Flash for streaming video. Leo says no. Thanks to Apple taking a stand against it, Flash has started it's painful death. Not even Adobe is going to support it very much longer. If he's on YouTube, he can go to youtube.com/html5 and opt out of using Flash. As time goes on, more and more sites for video are adopting the HTML5 standard.

Why am I having problems streaming TWiT through Ustream on iPad?

TWiT iPad app

Episode 984

George from Santa Monica, CA

George has been having trouble streaming the Tech Guy through the iPad with Ustream. Leo says that's because Ustream uses Flash. If he prefers to watch from the browser, it could be that UStream's HLS Streamer was down. There is a TWiT App that works, but Leo can't do anything about third party sites like Ustream not working.

Why do I keep getting a message about a blocked plugin when I try to watch video on my computer?

Episode 971

Joan from Simi Valley, CA

Joan likes to watch TV on her Mac, but now she's getting a message about a blocked plugin. Leo says that Apple keeps a list of "unsafe" programs on Joan's Mac and all she needs to do is download and install the new Flash player. Once that's done, Apple will view it as safe again.

Why are the videos I've recorded to YouTube suddenly showing up in 4:3 format instead of 16:9?

Macbook Pro

Episode 967

Shawn from Detroit, MI

Shawn has been using the camera on his MacBook Pro to record and upload to YouTube. However, recently it's gone from 16:9 to 4:3. Leo says that it could be the software that Shawn is recording from. He's been using the recording utility with Flash. It sounds like this is a known bug in that Flash utility, so Leo recommends using iMovie for recording.

Why am I getting a "blocked plugin" message whenever I try to watch video on my Mac?

Episode 964

Pam from Laguna Nigel, CA

Pam is having trouble watching videos online with her Mac. Apple probably blocked Flash since Pam had neglected to update it. Leo advises uninstalling Flash and then install it from Adobe.com/flashplayer to download the stand alone Flash installer. Then, install it with all browsers closed. She will have to keep it updated, or Apple will block it again.

Can I get Flash on my Nexus 7 tablet?

Episode 956

Fred from California

Fred got a Google Nexus 7 tablet over Christmas and he's not really that much of a fan. He's frustrated because sites that he visits that run flash don't work. Leo says no tablet handles a flash website very well, which is why websites need to be conscious of the mobile world and dump flash. It's antiquated, has security issues, and way too processor heavy for any tablet to handle. There are some ways to get flash on the tablet, but he won't like the results. If a site is ignoring mobile users, it's on them, not on the user.