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Streaming Guide: Playing Streamed Video

This guide will provide information about and resources for streamed video at Hodges Library

Video Players

Streamed video is viewed on your computer through a video player.  Your computer may already come with some or all of these preloaded.  The Library owned streams use JW Player which is embeded so you shouldn't have to upload that, but several of the free sights require one or another of the general players.  Once loaded (and if you are on the internet) the programs will usually prompt you to update or upgrade if needed.  You should always try to have the latest update or version on your computer.  To the right are the links to pages where you can get more information or download/update a player.

Where you can download players to view streamed Media

QuickTime download/updates (click here)

While developed by Apple, QuickTime has downloads for Windows and is compatable. The site will try to push you to upgrading from the free download to the paid version.  The paid version does have some nice features but it is unnecessary to watch QuickTime streamed files. 

Flash download (click here)

Adobe Flash Player is a very popular player and streaming format that can be used on Macs and PCs.  Many online sites that offer streaming media use Flash.  Flash updates can be found by clicking here.   Currently the Library is streaming the videos that it has purchased the rights to using Flash.


Media Player download/updates  (click here)

Windows Media Player is platform specific for (as the name suggests) PCs using windows.  Flash is becoming more popular but Media Player is still in use and is a solid player with nice features.


Silverlight (click here)

UT uses the Mediasite platfom/server for much of the classroom capture that it uses.  Mediasite requires that you have Silverlight player downloaded on your computer to be able to view it.  You can go to OIT's Silverlight information page for more information and download instructions at:


Contact Information

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Steven Milewski
Hodges Library
University of Tennessee
1015 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37966

865 - 974 - 2647