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MIME type “application/octet-stream” rather than “video/x-flv” or “application/x-shockwave-flash”

We are having a problem with our web servers delivering all our flash video files as the MIME type “application/octet-stream” rather than “video/x-flv” or “application/x-shockwave-flash”.

I have checked the settings in IIS for all websites. As far as I know it is set up correctly (well at least to my knowledge), but Chrome, Firefox and IE still report the file type as “application/octet-stream”.

Can someone tell me how to change the MIME type for FLV and SWF files?
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
Maybe this will help


Please be aware that these steps do not resolve any issue with Flash, but are a configuration step for Microsoft Windows 2003 and Microsoft IIS Server 6.0. Any difficulties in executing these instructions or any errors that may arise from modifying your system settings should be addressed to Microsoft. For more details, please refer to your IIS documentation.

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash/kb/flv-files-dont-stream-windows.html

On the Windows 2003 server, open the Internet Information Services Manager.
Expand the Local Computer Server.
Right-click the local computer server and select Properties.
Select the MIME Types tab.
Click New and enter the following information:
Associated Extension box: .FLV
MIME Type box:flv-application/octet-stream
Click OK.
Restart the World Wide Web Publishing service.
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MattyS82Author Commented:
Thanks will test that out and get back to you
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloperCommented:
Are you using plesk? If so you need to add mime type under the virtual directories area using mime type tab.

What does your embed code look like?  Flv files are accessed through a player or swf file.
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MattyS82Author Commented:
Number-1, thanks for the suggestion. After checking the server, this has already been done for FLV files.

Padas, no we are not using plex. Thanks for the suggestion, much appreciated.
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
Did these ever work correctly? If so what has changed?

You could try restarting the web site.
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MattyS82Author Commented:
Number-1. Not within IE they didn't however chrome and firefox works fine.

Perhaps it's the way I have embedded it?
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
What versions of IE give you the problem?
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MattyS82Author Commented:
IE 9 and 10
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
If you can send me a test link I'll try with IE8
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
Which player is giving the error? Flash Player?

Maybe this will help
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/885448
Flash Player Add-on has been disabled

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/867968?tstart=0
If you have completed the steps in our Enabling Flash Player in Internet Explorer 9 FAQ and continue to have problems seeing Flash content, please see the following video and instructions to learn how to disable ActiveX Filtering.
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
This is for Amazon S3 & Wordpress but it might help you:

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/videos-not-playing-in-ie9

IE9 to know what kind of file your video is you have to specify the Content Type because apparently IE9 can't figure it out for itself. In S3, highlight the video file, go to Properties, Metadata. There you will see:

Key: Content Type
Value: application/octet-stream

Change the Value from "application/octet-stream" to "video/mp4", you will have to manually type it there
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MattyS82Author Commented:
Sometimes it's the most simple thing. Restart of the website fixed the issue
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