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HealthiNation Syndicates Content

January 22, 2007 1:31 PM


As many of you know, I’m fascinated by the emerging business of online video syndication. So when the news landed on my desk last week that online health education network HealthiNation had syndicated its health videos to consumer Web sites such as QualityHealth.com and Nubella.com, I decided to go online and test the experience.

I’ve tooled around on HealthiNation’s site before and have given it high praise for ease of use. I start my new test at qualityhealth.com. The video is easy to find; it’s promoted right there at the top of the Web site.

But, and there’s always a but it seems, when I click through there’s no video in the player, just audio. I can pause the clip, but the video player just features a blank screen as the audio chirps along in the background. At the end of the video a message pops up that I need to upgrade to the latest version of Flash.

This frustrates me. I feel like I am on this constant treadmill of always needing to upgrade players or technology or other assorted whatnot on my computer to play videos. It gets annoying.

But in all fairness, I decide to leave Firefox and try the service on Internet Explorer. The good news is the service works fine, the videos play easily and I can quickly scroll through the various offerings. But now there’s probably a virus or something from Microsoft on my computer.

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