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November 17th, 2006 at 6:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

There are a lot of streaming file types out there: ram, rpm, wmv, wm, wma, asx, asf and many more. The MediaPlayerConnectivity Firefox extension seems to stream everything and redirects it to the proper application, whether it be RealPlayer, QuickTime or Windows Media. The MediaPlayerConnectivity provides enhanced streaming detection integrated into the browser when dealing with streaming media. The extension even supports MP3 Playlists.

Installation was simple and provided no lock ups at all and integrates nicely into the browser. The MediaPlayerConnectivity is installed into the Tools pulldown menu and in the View/Sidebar menu.

When media is detected in the page, select the sidebar option and the MediaPlayerConnectivity extension will display the entire list of media files on the page, allowing you the option to run them immediately.

There are two cool things about the MediaPlayerConnectivity extension. One is that there are the multiple languages this extension provides. I've never seen such a long list of countries that an extension supports. Secondly, there is also a configuration wizard that will lead you step-by-step to connect the stream type to the proper application.

In my opinion, I've never run into a problem with streaming files in Firefox. The innate abilities of Firefox can handle streaming adequately, but if you need a little more of an assist, I would recommend MediaPlayerConnectivity.