Playback

Use the settings on the Playback panel to control how Flash Player uses different options available for playback of content from websites.

What is peer-assisted networking?

A website that provides audio and video content can deliver the content with better performance if users playing the same content share their bandwidth. Sharing bandwidth allows the audio or video to play more smoothly, without skips or pauses for buffering. This is called peer-assisted networking, because peers on the network assist each other to provide a better experience.

In addition to sharing bandwidth to improve performance, peer-assisted networking can also enable features, such as chat, that require communication among users of a network or website.

Peer-assisted networking settings

Use this panel to specify peer-assisted networking settings for any website you have visited that has asked to use peer-assisted networking.

  • Ask me when a site wants to use peer-assisted networking

    When you select this option, any website that wants to use peer-assisted networking for the first time must ask your permission. When prompted, you can choose to allow or block the site’s use of peer-assisted networking. This applies to websites you haven't yet visited, as well as to sites that you have visited but have not specified peer-assisted networking settings for.

  • Block all sites from using peer-assisted networking

    When you select this option, no website can use peer-assisted networking, and you are never asked whether you want to share your bandwidth.

    If you enable this option, you are not agreeing to share your bandwidth whenever an application wants to use it. You are only allowing applications to ask you whether you want to share your bandwidth. In most cases, you want to share your bandwidth only when you are using a high-speed Internet connection.

Peer-assisted networking settings by site...

Use this panel to specify peer-assisted networking settings for any website you have visited that has asked to use peer-assisted networking.

For each website you have visited, the list displays:

  • The name of the website that you have visited.

  • The peer-assisted networking setting for the website.

Change network settings

To specify settings for a particular website, select the website in the list, and then change its settings as desired:

  • If you don't want this website to share your bandwidth and you don't want to be asked again, select Block.

  • If you do want this website to share your bandwidth and you don't want to be asked again, select Allow.

  • If you want Flash Player to always ask you before sharing your bandwidth, select Ask me for permission.

Add a website

To add a website to the list, click Add, and then specify the website’s domain. Then, select the desired settings for the new site.

Remove a website

To remove a website from the list, select the site and click Remove (Windows) or - (Mac).

Note: Any website that you add or remove using the Peer-assisted networking settings by site panel is also added to or removed from the lists displayed on all of the other Settings Manager panels. For example, if you add a website to the Peer-assisted networking settings by site list and specify network settings for it, and then proceed to the Local storage settings by site panel and delete the same website, it is deleted there as well, along with all of its Flash Player settings.