06-26-2012 05:34 AM
I have a Mac laptop PowerPC G4 and and iMac Desktop PPC G5 (non Intel). I can stream some tv shows from Xfinity without a "silverlight plugin," but for the most part, 65 to 80% of Xfinity's streaming content is unavailable to my Macs (both running OSX 10.5.8). The Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in CAN NOT be the ONLY Xfintiy-compatible browser plug-in out there! Is there another equivalent plug-in for us PowerPC Mac users? I'd like to get the most out of the good money I pay Comcast every month without having to get a Windows PC computer or shelling out a LOT of money for a Mac with an Intel Duo or Quad core processor. If anybody can lead me in the right direction, maybe i can watch content that I subscribe to (on my TV) like TBS or AMC. I use Safari or Firefox and even though Silverlight leads me through the whole download and installation process, it still doesn't work. I need an alternative to Silverlight that DOES work with Xfininty. Any help is greatly appreciated!
06-27-2012 11:21 PM
I think people with PPC Macs may have to get used to being left behind, because software vendors aren't going to keep putting out new versions for them. Comcast may be depending on features of recent versions of Silverlight; if you have an old version it's not compatible.
Re: "The Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in CAN NOT be the ONLY Xfintiy-compatible browser plug-in out there". AFAIK, Silverlight is a Microsoft proprietary format, and only their plugin can play it.
06-27-2012 11:29 PM
AFAIK, Silverlight is a Microsoft proprietary format, and only their plugin can play it.
Also Microsoft has announced that they are abandoning Silverlight in favor of HTML5 technologies.
06-28-2012 06:04 PM
Yep. I've come to realize that PowerPC Mac users are officially dinosaurs. We've been all but abandoned -even by Apple. Even though both my laptop G4 and my iMac G5 both are still running fine, there is no software or support for them anymore. And when they do start having hardware problems (which always happens to Apple products sooner or later), I'll be left with nothing but "parts."
As a consumer with a very tight monthly budget, maybe I'll just get and old IBM Thinkpad (or similar) with Vista or Win7 and hook it up to a larger monitor, soley for the purpose of streamiing Xfininty content requiring Silverlight. With Craigslist, eBay, etc., I could probabaly do that for less than an average one month Comcast bill...
Thanks for all your replies!
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