Trying to keep up with the football this afternoon showed up a little problem listening to RealPlayer streams on the Intel version of OS X.

Bottom line is that RealPlayer is not yet a universal binary. So although it runs fine stand alone it doesn’t support being embedded in a universal binary.

i.e. because Safari and Firefox are in universal format, they cannot embed plugins that are not.

So the options are :

  • Regress to a non universal binary version of Firefox
  • Use RealPlayer as both a browser and player - i.e. when you want radion/video enter into RealPlayer and browse using it.

I’ve gone for the second option - but I will investigate mplayer for time shifting shows.