For the PC users out there, this is perfectly fine. For the Mac users out there, this is more ridiculousness from Yahoo that I suppose should be expected by this point.
Yahoo! finally managed to roll out Yahoo! Video, which was previously Yahoo! Video Search, in a late-to-the-ballgame attempt to break into the online video market and join the ranks of YouTube and Google Video. Whether they can actually catch up to the major players yet, remains to be seen. For one thing, the videos linked at Yahoo! Video are more often than not simply screencaps that redirect to another website where the video is actually hosted. The few videos that are actually hosted by Yahoo! Video prompt a Mac user (and likely anyone using anything but Internet Explorer for the PC) to download “makeplaylist.dll,” enough to scare off users who wouldn’t know what that meant, and completely useless for the Mac users. Even the videos hosted on Yahoo! Video that are embedded flash that really should be able to play in any browser wind up crashing Firefox.
This isn’t to be completely unexpected though. Yahoo!’s front page redesign left Mac users out in the cold, as reported by iMacazine a few weeks ago:
[ Yahoo!’s New Look Not For Safari’s Eyes ]
So I suppose it’s just another Yahoo! move to leave the Macintosh users out in the cold. I understand, they’re only a minor percentage of the overall userbase, so they can be overlooked, right? Well, of course not-but here’s the greater question: Why would Yahoo! rush to production a half-done video service that doesn’t even bother to use the proven flash embedding technologies that so many other video hosting and streaming sites have already adopted? Did Yahoo! really have to reinvent the wheel on this one, and if they did, why didn’t they at least make the wheel roll? I don’t have the answers, and here’s hoping that they’ll at least make their embedded videos not crash your web browser when you try to view them and at most provide multi-platform support (if Mac users are in this situation, I’d hate to see what happens to Linux users when they’re prompted to download a .dll just to view a video) in the future. Until then, I’m not impressed, but the release is worth noting, if for not other reason than Yahoo!’s blunder.