Chapter    3

Watching Videos, Movies, and TV Shows

So far in this book, we have mainly concentrated on how to play music, but we know from our experience gathered from hosting our weekly podcast that many audience questions revolve around the world of playing video and its many confusing sources, formats, and containers. People often just do not get why a file they have downloaded from the Internet does not play.

Information  Sources are video streaming services such as Netflix, video hosting services such as YouTube, and media stored locally or on a network storage device.

Formats are the way the video is encoded for storage. These are often known as codecs (short for coder-decoder). Examples of codecs are MPEG, WMV, and MP4, but there are ...

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