How to download streaming Silverlight video with Firefox

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How to download streaming Silverlight video with Firefox
Many online video services are ditching Adobe's Flash in favour of Silverlight. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If you've gone to view streaming video content on websites such as Now TV, Netflix or Blinkbox, only to be greeted with a message telling you that you need to download Microsoft's video and animation plug-in Silverlight before doing so, you should do exactly that. You'll typically be provided with a download link in such circumstances, but if you're not, you can grab the software from Microsoft's Silverlight website.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open your Firefox browser and navigate to Microsoft's Silverlight website. Make sure you use Firefox. Silverlight will only plug into the browser you download it to.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Download now" button and hit "Save file" when a dialog box pops up. Firefox's download window will appear to keep you abreast of your download's progress.

  3. 3

    Double-click on your Silverlight file once it's finished downloading and hit the "Run" button in the dialog box that appears. When Windows asks you if you want to let Silverlight make changes to your computer, click "Yes." Your file will then be installed in Firefox. Click "Close" once you've received a message reading "Installation successful."

  4. 4

    Go back to the streaming video content you wanted to view, press "Play" and enjoy.

Tips and warnings

  • If you've previously installed a version of Silverlight that's not responding, uninstall it via your computer's Control Panel before downloading a new copy.

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