Subscriber Keith wrote from Thailand to ask about using his video as a screensaver:
Simply put — please — how can I use some of my own video as a screen saver? If it is complicated, just say so and save yourself the time and effort of a detailed reply. One other question, I want to watch on occasion sports programmes from the UK on my laptop.
However it is basically not possible outside of the UK, I say basically as I know that it could be done via a Proxy Server. I know of one: http://www.ukproxyserver.co.uk/ that you have to pay for, and I am not sure how good it is.
I did hear about other free of charge proxy sites — do you know of any? They of course have to of course have be able to allow video streaming.
Sorry for the length of this mail, I hope not too long.
I wrote back to Keith that the only way I can imagine for using your own video for a screen saver is if your video application provides that function. It’s not in the standard windows media player functions.
However, later I did a quick Google search for
screensaver playing video
and found the Microsoft Video Screensaver (International Edition). This sounds like exactly what Keith was looking for.
It’s a free download from microsoft.com, but you do have to validate your copy of Windows before being able to download it.
Interestingly, Microsoft’s web page has a short description of the program, but fails to mention what types of video file formats are supported by the program.
Regarding his question about proxy-servers, especially proxy-servers to stream video content that is intended to be blocked from going outside the host country, I could not help him. I haven’t tried to do that.
I suspect that finding a free proxy server, at least one that’s willing to pay the bandwidth costs to allow him to stream video, will be a challenge.
His problem is that some web sites that block their content from delivery to IP addresses outside the U.K. I know that www.bbc.co.uk is one that does.
Another thing to consider — those same web sites can easily block the IP addresses of known proxy-servers. With paid services like the one Keith identified, that’s probably not too difficult for them to do.
That way, the web site would again protect their content from transmission outside the U.K.