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Streaming on AO3

I've been working with AO3 a lot lately, trying to get everything going for [community profile] pod_together set. Namely, I needed to work with them with regards to streaming podfic on AO3.

Last year when I spoke to them about it, they added Google to their whitelist so we could use the Google Reader player to stream our podfics. Earlier this year though, Google started changing things around and the player basically stopped working. [personal profile] argentumlupine found a solution that involved uploading a copy of the player to other hosting and using that.

That's a problem on AO3 though, because they have to whitelist any sites hosting the player before it'll work over there. To get around that, they announced in their July 31, 2012 newsletter that they'd host their own copy of the player and gave out code that would eventually start working once they committed the code.

As the posting dates for [community profile] pod_together drew nearer, I started to panic. When I contacted AO3 again, they said they were being held up by Legal, because they thought hosting their own player might be against Google's TOS so they didn't want to go through with that option and if they did it would be very temporary while they figured out another option.

I've been hosting the code for anyone to use on podfic.com. I said I'd be willing to take on the liability of hosting the player if they didn't want to and they agreed to whitelist my site so we could use it for [community profile] pod_together (and so others can use it).

However, it looks like when they put my solution through, they also made the AO3 hosted solution work too. I saw some of my friends changing their streaming to the AO3 hosted solution, and worrying that they'd have to change things all over again later, I tried to warn people not to and today I emailed AO3 to find out what was going on.

I was told that, indeed, it was a mistake that the AO3 hosted solution was active and they've since deactivated it. So, if you fixed your streaming links using the AO3 hosted player, your streams are broken again. /o\

If you want to use my streaming code, it can be found here.
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