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Flash Newbie - Expire Content?
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 5:53 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is there a way in flash to expire a video? I want to put a video on a website and have the file not be playable after a certain date. Even if someone downloads the file and has it locally. Is this possible?



 6:26 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't think so. You can code the player not to play expired files but if someone gets the .flv file they will most likely be able to play it.

If I were doing this I would create a method that looks through your video directory and deletes "expired" files so they no longer live on the server... either that or move them to a private directory that requires login to access the files.


 8:14 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ya, they are currently in a password proctected site behind a firewall. We plan to have the videos (only a handful) permenantly on the site. What we are trying to do is avoid someone downloading the videos, getting removed from the site and then still having access because they downloaded them onto their computer.

Any ideas on how to make it more difficult for people to actual play the files once they download them?


 4:58 pm on Sep 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

The only way I can think of is to expire files with DRM. I know you can do with windows media files but I am not sure if flv supports DRM.

I have seen sites that have "feeds" that you can save that expire and they used DRM to do it but like I said they were wmp files.


 5:10 pm on Sep 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

is it possible to load the flv using server side code into another flash file

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