I sometimes try to view certain “free sample” videos on the Internet. I never attempt to make permanent copies; I just download them as temporary Internet files.
When I select some of these vidieos, they pop up in the Windows Media Center viewer. Most of the time, those work fairly well. But some videos appear in windows belonging to the site where I selected the video. For many of these sites, the video will quit downloading when it is almost exactly half as long as the stated length of the video.
At the right-hand end of the progress bar at the bottom of the window, there will be a pair of numbers that usually start out as 00:00/00:00. After the download starts, the first number tells you how far the download has gotten; the second tells the total length. When the download quits, the numbers might be 02:30/05:00, for example.
The download doesn’t just stop; the big play button appears in the middle of the screen so that you can play it again.
Since I am not making permanent copies, I have no idea what format these videos are in. Some of them use a player that has a fullscreen button shaped like a square, four-petaled flower. Others have a little white rectangle with little corner lines at each corner.
I am running MS Internet Explorer 9 under MS Windows 7. I use a dial-up connection to the Internet.
What am I doing wrong (outside of looking at stuff I probably shouldn’t be wasting time with)?