Above is a Quicktime Quick-Start movie which requires the Quicktime Pluggin for your browser and Quicktime installed on your computer.
Generally all Macs have Quicktime and many multimedia PC's come with Quicktime for Windows. Most recent versions of Quicktime and the Quicktime Pluggin support the Quick-Start feature which allows you to begin playing the movie when only partially downloaded.
Quick-Start movies display the first frame of the movie while downloading, while the controller bar on the bottom changes to black as the download progresses. Once you see the controller turning color, press play. If you like it, continue waiting for the rest of the movie to download. If not, you are free to enjoy other choices.
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