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How to get Megavideo to work: Ways to get around Megavideo’s 72-minute time limit

Anyone who has used Megavideo knows that it provides tons of great videos for free. The only problem is its built-in feature for limiting your viewing time kicks in after Talk about annoyingTalk about annoying72 minutes and sometimes much less than that, which can be really frustrating. Megavideo offers a subscription for unlimited viewing time, however sources that have tried it say that this does not actually work and just wastes your money. Here are some easy ways to help you get around the 72-minute limit without wasting any of your hard-earned cash.

Method 1: Work Offline
Load the video in your browser and start it playing for the first 3 seconds. Hit pause and let it buffer the entire video. You can tell what has buffered by the light gray bar in the bottom of the screen. Once it has fully buffered, go to the File menu (or Tools menu, depending on your browser) on Work Offline can help you get around the 72 minute time limitWork Offline can help you get around the 72 minute time limityour browser and turn on Work Offline. This will guarantee that Megavideo will not be able to check on your time watched or tell your browser to stop playing the video. The only issue with this method is that it requires buffering the video in advance, which can take more than an hour in some cases.

Method 2: Refresh
If you want to watch your video immediately without buffering, there are other methods to try. Refresh the page and reload the video. Very often the 59-minute wait time that it gives you is not actually correct. A lot of times when you have paused the video to buffer it counts toward the 59-minute wait time. This means that once the page has been refreshed, the counter will almost always be reduced, usually by about 20 minutes. Sometimes this will knock the wait time down to 15 minutes or even get rid of it completely.

Method 3: Use a different IP Address
If the refresh method doesn’t work for you, there are other options. Megavideo keeps track of your viewing and waiting time using your IP address. This means that if you can change your IP address, you’ll be back in business. There are a few easy ways to do that if you are using wireless internet. If you have a neighbor with wireless internet, then this will be easy. If you are in a dorm, there is usually more than one wireless internet hubs that you can connect to as well. In the task bar next to the clock in the bottom right of your screen, right click on your wireless internet. From there it will give you the option to change your wireless connection to use a different hub. Choose any other one on the list and you will be back in business! If you’re on a laptop, you also have the option of going to Starbucks, an internet café, or anywhere else that has a free wireless connection. If you do not have wireless or don’t have a laptop, another solution is to go over to a friend’s house and watch it there as this will give a different IP address as well.

Method 4: Use your Blackberry or Flash-enabled Mobile Phone
There are a number of video streaming apps for the Blackberry and other Flash-enabled mobile devices that are compatible with Megavideo. Since your Blackberry doesn’t use the same IP address as your normal internet connection, Megavideo will never know the difference.

Method 5: Video Cache Viewer
While this method is pretty much guaranteed to work, it takes a few minutes and requires installation of some free programs. Start the video playing for the first few seconds of playback, then hit pause. Let it sit until it is completely buffered (the light gray bar has stretched across the bottom of the screen). Download a video cache viewing program such as VideoCacheView. This program will allow you to copy the cached version of Megavideo’s file to your hard drive. Now download an FLV video player such as Applian. You can then use the FLV player to play your downloaded version of Megavideo and never have to worry about reaching the time limit. It’s best to start buffering your videos in advance, buffer more than one video at once, or buffer another video while your current video is playing to minimize the time you spend waiting.

Method 6: Use an Alternative
Check out our guide to alternatives to Megavideo and where to find them.

Another issue with online videos is they can sometimes have out of sync audio. Luckily, there are some easy ways to fix this.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only; we do not advocate attempting to circumvent Megavideo’s policies, user agreement, site licenses, or other terms of use. Downloading and streaming copyright material is illegal in many countries, you should not do this.

by Brandi Roberts on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 23:26

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