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MTVNetworks problem seems to be back in Safari 8 #86
Another work-around instead of dealing with low res in QT player is as follows:
The fix also seems to last until you quit safari.
hoyois, does this make sense? It is definitely replicable for me, on Yosemite Safari 8. This behavior only began occurring after upgrading to Yosemite.
That's an interesting find, thanks! The video plays fine in Safari 8 if you navigate directly to the video URL (which you can do by right-clicking on "HLS" in the source selector and choosing "Open Link in New Tab"). The resolution actually goes to 720p there, though the viewing area remains small.
I'll investigate further.
The difference seems to be that when you navigate to the video in Safari directly, it sets a session cookie like
hdnea2 expires=1414160821~access=/*~md5=813e49cf1a576ee74e7b126f48b1f143 .cp112366-f.akamaihd.net / Session 71 B
Somehow when the m3u8 file is embedded in a video element, Safari 8 fails to do this (but Safari 7.1 doesn't...). Once the cookie has been set though, the HLS streams will work for the duration of the session.
referenced this issue
Nov 2, 2014
I have updated the MTVNetworks killer. It's back to using full MP4 files instead of HLS, so it should work much better. Please try it and let me know how it goes: