Q: How is Pay-Per-Minute Streaming service different from Download Rental?
A: Pay-Per-Minute Streaming provides instant access to video content and the size of the image and image quality is optimized to your connection speed automatically by our servers. The faster your connection, the larger the image and the higher quality of the video you receive. Streaming allows you to jump to any part of the movie at any time during playback. Users often purchase and use streaming to sample a few movies in our library and then purchase Download Rental of their favorite title(s) to enjoy high, DVD-like quality of the movie. Download Rental allows Full Screen, DVD-like quality playback on your PC and an unlimited access to a chosen feature movie for the duration of the selected rental period. Download Rental acts just like a DVD in your system - you can fast forward, rewind, pause, etc just like a DVD or VCR.
Q: How is Pay-Per-Minute Streaming service different from Streaming Rental?
A: Pay-Per-Minute Streaming provides instant access to ALL video content in our library. You can watch any title as long as you like as many times as you like as long as you have streaming time available in your account. Streaming Rental allows you to purchase unlimited instant streaming access to a particular title for the duration of the vadlitity of the purchased license.
Q: What software is required to stream movies on your site?
A: Our Streaming technology is optimized for Microsoft Windows Media Player version 9 (or later). For best viewing experience, Windows Media Player version 10 is recommended. Windows Media Player is available free from Microsoft - FREE DOWNLOAD link.
Q: How do I correctly configure Windows Media Player for streaming movies from your site?
A: Please refer to our Software Setup Guide for necessary configuration. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our support staff.
Q: What are the hardware requirements for viewing movies via Pay-Per-Minute Streaming?
A: We recommend a minimum of Pentium 3 450mhz (or equivalent), 64MB of system memory, 4mb of video memory and 1gb of free hard disk space.
Q: I have a Mac. Can I access your movies via Pay-Per-Minute Streaming?
A: Our streaming technology is fully compatible with current Mac Operating Systems. You will need to install FREE Silverlight plugin from Miocrosoft. Click here to install the plugin or check to see whether you already have it installed. For more information please see our Silverlight System Requirements page.
Q: I have a Dial-Up connection (telephone modem) can I still stream and download movies?
A: Yes, dial-up users can download and view movies from our site. We do not recommend Download Rentals to dial-up users due to the size of the files and the associated download times. Dial-up users can easily stream video from our site (though at lower resolution than broadband, cable/DSL, users).
Q: I have not used all the time I have purchased. Can I get a refund for the unused time?
A: We do not refund unused streaming time.
Troubleshooting Pay Per Minute Streaming
Q: I seems to me that while I stream, the time that gets deducted from my account is greater than actual time that elapses while streaming.
A: Typical reason for this is when you are skipping excessivly within 5-10 second interval between each skip. Our servers (like any others) treat buffering as actual streaming as the data is being transferred and there is no way for the server to tell whether you are actually watching. Jumping through the footage rapidly without allowing for buffering to complete may actually compound effect of time deduction even though perception is that you are not actually watching the footage. With our recent upgrades and if your connection is fast enough, you may not notice much (if any) of a buffering, but as far as server is concerned, it keeps transferring data, which may result in 2 simultaneous connections, - 1 that still buffers before disconnecting and another that attempts to initiate playback of next segment.
To summarize, if you allow less than 10 seconds between each skip, the time that gets deducted may be 10 seconds due to the buffering effect and latencies involved. When performing uninterrupted streaming or streaming of more than 20 seconds at a time and you will see that our Time Tracking system is "dead-on" correct.
Q: When I click on a link to begin streaming video MS Windows Media Player keeps saying “Connecting to Media” for a long time and the playback does not start. There are also periodic loops through empty 100kbps clips. I Eventually get a pop-up from Windows Media Player stating that "Media Access Not Available"
A: The following is a list of some of the potential reasons:
Q: When I click on a link to begin streaming video Windows Media Player does not get started or dialog box comes up asking to save/open the file.
- You are trying to stream while connected via AOL application/browser. Please close AOL application and access streaming directly using regular Web Browser (e.g. MS Internet Explorer).
- You are trying to stream using MSN Explorer or via MSN Application. Please use a regular Web Browser to access the content.
- You are trying to stream using older version of Windows Media Player. Please upgrade to a free MS Windows Media Player version 9 or later free.
- You are trying to play the media using Internet Explorer Media Bar. Please refer to our Software Setup Guide for setup instructions on how to switch to “Standalone Mode”
- You have security/privacy software installed on your PC that prevents proper information exchange between your Media Player and our DRM authentication servers. Please try disabling this software and access our service directly.
- Network Settings of the Windows Media Player are incorrectly configured. Please click here for a picture of correct settings.
A: This typically happens when file types are incorrectly associated on your PC. To correct this problem follow the steps below:
Please note, that this issue is typically caused by other media players (e.g. Real Player, Winamp, etc.) overwriting file type association every time they are launched. If this happens, you will need to repeat the steps above. If you prefer to force your Windows Media Player to be permanently associated with Windows Media streaming, you will need to re-install your Windows Media Player.
- Click "Tools" (from WMP Menu) and choose "Options".
- Choose the "File Types" tab.
- Make sure that top three boxes (related to asf, wma, and wmv file types) are fully checked.
- Confirm (Click "OK" or "Apply") and close all dialogs.
- Close or restart MS Media Player.
Q: I am an MSN user (or MSN Explorer user) and I'm having problems streaming video. What's wrong?
A: MSN and MSN Explorer users need to access our web site through either regular Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. MSN Explorer's built-in browser has compatibility issues with Windows Media Player when playing back secure video content. Please see our System Requirements page.
Q: While playing the movie, the picture suddenly starts jumping with green and pink stripes. Some images remain frozen.
A: This is typically caused by the way some video cards handle the color palette of the stream. If this happens to you, YUV flipping within Windows Media Player needs to be disabled as follows:
You may need to restart the movie/stream or the media player
- Click "Tools" and choose "Options".
- Choose the "Performance" tab.
- Click the "Advanced" button within "Video Acceleration" area.
- Select "Video Renderer" from the list of filters in use and click the "Change" button.
- Remove the checkmark next to "Use YUV Flipping" (within "Video Acceleration" area)
- Confirm (Click "OK") and close all the dialogs.
If you still get the same effect, you may have to adjust the connection speed setting within Media Player to reflect your available bandwidth (WMP Menu->Tools->Options->Performance(tab)->Connection Speed)
Q: While playing the movie, there is suddenly no picture, however sound is playng fine.
A: This is typically caused by a compatibility issues between your Video (graphics) Card driver and Windows Media Codec. To fix this issue, go to WMP Menu->Tools->Options->Performance(tab) and slide "Video Acceleration" slider all the way to the left.
Q: I have a broadband (very high speed) connection to the Internet, but I am only getting 54kbps bit rate when streaming titles. I can download files and browse web sites with high speed. What's wrong?
A: Please check the version of your MS Windows Media Player (WMP) (Go to Menu->Help->About Windows Media Player). It is very likely that you are running version older than WMP 9. Though Streaming Video and Download Rental may work on versions other than 9, due to certain limitations related to security and performance, we strongly recommend upgrading to MS Windows Media Player 9 or 10. FREE DOWNLOAD link If you are still having problems playing Streaming video or Download Rental, please contact our technical support using our Contact Form.
Q: I tried everything that you have suggested above, but I still can not stream. What should I do?
A: We strongly recommend performing the following steps:
- Completely re-install your Windows Media Player. 99% of all issues are caused by corrupted Windows Media Components.
- If you are accessing the Internet through a firewall or a proxy, try disabling them and access the Internet directly.
- If you use any security and/or privacy software, try temporarily disabling this software.
- If access the Internet through a proxy or a firewall try temporarily disabling this them and access the Internet directly.
- If access the Internet through a router restart/reset your router.
- It is always a good idea to clear your cache and reset your browser cookies.
- Reset/Restore DRM components of your Windows Media Player. Click here for instructions.
If none of the steps above resolve your issues, we strongly recommend reviewing Windows Media support pages available at Microsoft. You can always contact our Support Department using our Contact Form.