Not being able to watch Hulu, BBC iPlayer and other Flash videos has been the major dealbreaker for many thinking to buy Apple’s iOS devices like iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. But then, the jailbreakers have found a work-around to play flash videos but only after completely sacrificing their Apple warranty.

Not anymore! Even those who don’t want to jailbreak their iDevice and keep their warranty intact can still watch Flash videos on their iOS device using a simple bookmarklet called iOSFlashVideo! This is touted as a free alternative to the Skyfire app, which costs $3 and not available in many countries as yet.

Officially, iOSFlashVideo supports these video streaming websites – Dailymotion, Flickr video, Megavideo, Vimeo. All you need to do is visit http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu from the mobile Safari browser and bookmark the link after removing specific characters from the URL.


How to Play Flash Videos on iPhone using iOSFlashVideo bookmarklet?

Before you get started, it’s advisable that you download and install OPlayer or OPlayer Lite for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

1. Visit http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu/ via the Safari browser on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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2. Hit the + or arrow button in center at the bottom, select Add Bookmark and tap Save.

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3. Open your bookmarks and tap Edit

4. Choose the new iOSFlashVideo bookmark

5. Delete everything before “javascript:” (basically it’s http://iosxflashvideo.fw.hu/#) and tap on Done.

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6. Navigate any supported site and press bookmarks button to choose the iOSFLASHvideo which we had saved earlier.

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You must now be able to play many of the popular flash videos. To confirm if everything is working as expected, you can visit http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu/demo/ and look for thumbnails below blip.tv, Flickr, Dailymotion, Break, MegaVideo and Vimeo labels.

It would be interesting to see if at all any reaction from Apple. Not that they can do much here, but at-least some sort of a feedback from them or may be even Adobe, would be really interesting!


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