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Initial post: Jan 7, 2012 9:24:13 AM PST
Is anyone else experiencing trouble opening Silverlight on Kindle Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 9:26:41 AM PST
Silverlight is a Microsoft Windows program. It won't work on Android.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 10:53:28 AM PST
I tried to play a movie from Xfinity (aka comcast) and Silverlight was downloaded, and the message "Xfinity Video Player Upgrade - Installing your Xfinity Player!" appears. And hangs.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 8:56:16 PM PST
Samehere. Just wondering of any fixes are in the works.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 9:19:07 PM PST
Beth Sexton says:
Gerardo, I think you would need to ask comcast if they will release an Android based player.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 5:21:04 PM PDT
Yes. DOES anyone have a fix?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 6:03:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2012 6:03:58 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Margaret, there is no fix. Silverlight is a Microsoft Windows program, it can't run on an Android device. The Kindle Fire is an Android device.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 11:21:08 AM PDT
Z. Meschan says:
Yes I could not install

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 11:31:44 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 9, 2012 11:35:56 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
General principle for beginners: On mobile devices you look for an app to do things that on a desktop you would install a browser plug-in for.

Posted on May 5, 2012 11:09:24 AM PDT
SilverLight is required for Comcast XFinity videos to run. It does not want to run on the kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 2:57:12 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Again, Silverlight doesn't want to run on the Kindle because Silverlight is a Windows program and the Kindle Fire is an android device, a totally different operating system.

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:12:02 PM PDT
Silverlight doesn't work on iOS either (iPad). Comcast is notorious for finding ways to constrain bandwidth usage, which leads me to speculate that its intentional.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 3:26:26 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Glad I don't have to deal with them. We have Cox Communications here. Never had any problems.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 3:31:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 3:51:54 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Does xfinity have Android app? They have one for iOS, which is how I watch xfinity video on my iPad and iPod.

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:35:20 PM PDT
It appears they do, but it has to be downloaded from the Android Market. I don't know if its available from a sideloader.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 7:03:49 PM PDT
Laura says:
Silverlight is a Microsoft program. However, it does have plugins for some non Microsoft systems. Unfortunately, Android systems are not among those.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 9:11:47 PM PDT
R. Morgan says:
OK - this has really nothing to do with Comcast or Microsoft.....It has to do with the premium channels and how they want to handle DRM. Blame HBO,Showtime and Cinemax by not buying their service until it is available on all platforms. It is the people who own the content that control what is delivered, not always who delivers it. Sorry to open the curtain...I am not really OZ. I do this on a daily basis..devices and apps need to play happy. Also from a VIDEO developers aspect.....Adobe FLASH as a video player is not Evil...

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 11:26:57 PM PST
Kevin Dias says:
I understand Microsoft Silverlight won't work on a Kindle; however, is there another application in the Kindle Store available for the Kindle Fire HD that does the same thing? I currently have a subscription to Setanta and would like to watch it on my Kindle. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 4:24:20 AM PST
This worked for me. Download the Xfinity Tv app from Mobile1.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 1:25:33 PM PST
I've just wasted 2 hours trying to do just that!! Press the Home button, go to Videos, and you should find yourself automatically signed in to Lovefilm. Find Lovefilm Instant at the top and press. A list of films and TV programs will appear. Make your choice, and look for the Watch Now button (it can only be this one, not rent) and press it! I'm now watching my film (tho I had to pause it so I could give others the same pleasure!!) I hope this works for you!

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 9:13:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 9:13:48 PM PST
M. Holley says:
There is a Silverlight plugin for android called Moonlight. At the moment it appears that it is only for Firefox and Chrome on Andriod devices. It would be nice if someone were to write an app..(hint hint Amazon)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 12:28:34 AM PST
D.L.C says:
That would require liscencing fees from Microsoft.

But you found the easier solution: Just sideload Firefox. If the silverlight plugin works for Firefox, just sideload firefox. Same way you sideload everything else.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 2:47:35 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Why don't you make the app?? Why should Amazon put the money into it and also have to pay licensing? Of course then you would expect them to give it to you for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 1:39:18 AM PST
M. Holley says:
I don't think that M$ charges for Silverlight, but I could be wrong. Since they are a distant second to Flash and/or HTML5, I'm guessing that they are merely hoping to get people to buy the server product and/or to not have to pay a licensing fee to Adobe for flash. The true neutral space would be for the things requiring Silverlight to go ahead and jump on the HTML5 bandwagon. No licensing fees and ease of portability for the growing mobile device market.

That being said..since Moonlight runs on Android, and the Kindle runs on shouldn't be too difficult (and no licensing fees for Amazon to pay) to get the moonlight app into Amazon's Kindle store.

I haven't sideloaded anything onto Kindle yet, but I may just do so in order to get Firefox and Moonlight. Being able to stream directly from my Windows Home Server and to use Netflix w/o registering the kindle as a device will come in quite handy.

If Moonlight is nearly identical to Silverlight and I can access my Windows Home Server/Media Center for streaming/storage, I'd be willing to pay the usual $4-5. If too many things don't work seemlessly w/ the Microsoft infrastructure so many already have in makes devices like the Surface or other Win8 RT tablets more appealing. I'd hate to see Amazon lose marketshare in a space they have a chance to dominate.
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