FLV Player

FLV Player

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 891 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.25
  • Total Downloads:
    31,989,919
  • Date Added:
    April 21, 2011
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Note: FLV Player includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. FLV Player has been tested for malware by the CNET Download.com team and meets our security requirements.

Editors' Review

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Most people don't need anything more than a Web browser and a Macromedia plug-in to watch Flash videos. However, if you want a hair's breadth more control over your viewing, this open-source freeware program will do the trick.

FLV Player's exceedingly simple controls allow you to navigate backward and forward through videos and play them in a loop. You can also adjust the volume, mute it, and adjust the size of the player. The Settings menu provides some basic control over program behavior, such as opening a new player window when double-clicking on an FLV file and remembering previous settings. And that's about it.

Our only major complaint is that the display window doesn't automatically resize to the size of your movie frame. We hope this problem will be remedied in future versions. FLV Player isn't a must-have by any stretch, but it's a decent tool for penny-pinching Flash developers.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 891 votes

    • 5 star 268
    • 4 star 287
    • 3 star 162
    • 2 star 60
    • 1 star 114
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  • 1 stars

    "Surprise! A new toolbar"

    June 11, 2012   |   By kimada17

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    None that I know of - I uninstalled it after I found the new toolbar

    Cons

    Seems to be significantly changed - at least in terms of what you get with it (that you don't really want)

    Summary

    I've been using an earlier version of this for a long time and it worked fine, but I kept getting notices that there was an update. They were annoying because they'd interrupt the beginning of the video so I finally decided to go ahead and do the update, via their site. First, I had to go through 2 downloads, 1 for the setup file and another for the main install file; that was a pain, plus their setup file wasn't keeping track of how much was being downloaded, which is a concern for me because I have a wireless connection with limited bandwidth. Then during the actual installation it asked to include some other stuff; I'm used to this now so I declined all of it - or at least I thought I did.

    The first time I opened my browser (Firefox) after that a new toolbar was showing at the top which could only have come from this installation. I removed it but then started wondering what else it had sneaked in, so I removed the whole program. Now, reading some of the other reviews here, I can only hope that my antivirus will catch whatever other stuff it included that didn't go away when I uninstalled. Time to find another player...

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  • 1 stars

    "installed five unwanted things plus three trojans"

    June 03, 2012   |   By rdegenna

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    None. Used to be great but I'll never trust it again.

    Cons

    I've used previous versions of this program for several years. I'm careful to custom install and make darn sure that I don't install ANYTHING except what I want. I even aborted this install once because I'd missed something. I restarted the install and VERY carefully made ABSOLUTELY sure that I didn't install ANYTHING except the flv player. Despite this I got the Yahoo toolbar on two browzers and three other unwanted add-ons.

    It gets worse. What else did this horrible program install on my computer that I haven't found? I found three unwanted intrusions plus the toolbar on two browzers. That makes FIVE unwanted intrusions that I carefully made sure I wouldn't get, and I got them anyway.

    Summary

    There has to be something else available. If you must use this, make sure to back up first because you're going to get a lot of stuff you don't want in the bargain.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malicious Malware"

    May 26, 2012   |   By cgriff54

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Plays videos somewhat OK

    Cons

    See title, this application installs with 2 different malware applications even after you opt out of them. Then when you try to remove them, the uninstaller craps out and you end up manually editing your registry. I can't believe that Cnet still allows this application to be hosted on it's site. Just goes to show that nothing is free.
    STAY AWAY FROM THIS APP

    Summary

    RUN RUN FAR AWAY before you download this app, unless you want to get a crash course on how to edit your registry.

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  • 1 stars

    "Terrible, malicious junk"

    May 13, 2012   |   By WTFUnit

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    It was at one time a clean and light player, but, not any more.

    Cons

    Forced install of adware, does not honor unselection.

    Summary

    I switched to using media player codec pack with windows media player instead.

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  • 3 stars

    "Nice HD video but its got malware, bugs, & it freezes"

    April 24, 2012   |   By Nick_Hot2

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    It's good free n got a best HD resolution.

    Cons

    Probles and issues - it freezes, can't move, can't resize in different view, and mostly there's bugs and malwares.

    Summary

    Must fix/repair the bugs that unable to move, can't resize nor adjust screen size, and mostly there's bugs and malwares. Please repair them. It really discourages customers and very unstable these two version 3.0 and version 3.0 OTR...

    I'll give 5 stars if u repair and remove the bugs, malwares and adwares. It's very unstable... I removed/uninstalled this product already.

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  • 1 stars

    "Does not honor your election to NOT install toolbars."

    April 21, 2012   |   By ben998

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    None - Deception begins at install

    Cons

    The interface obfuscates the opt out sufficiently to qualify as deception to the average end user. The tool bars can make some browser configurations unstable.

    Summary

    When deception begins in install, there is no need to do business with this company under any conditions. Shame on you Cnet for associating yourself with Funmoods and Freeworkz, and Pricegong. We have trusted the Cnet brand, for several years, as a guide to quality software. This is the first time our vetting process has ever turned up a problem like this with Cnet. We hope this is an anomaly, and does not become systemic.

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  • 1 stars

    "Complete crapware"

    April 17, 2012   |   By Hanzl

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    It probably plays FLV.

    Cons

    Agree completely with MACpistol.com.

    Neither do i understand why Cnet would support downloading software like this. Nothing more then crap/ad/malware. FlV player 2 was good.

    Summary

    This one is garbage.

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  • 4 stars

    "Pay attention to each screen during installation"

    April 10, 2012   |   By AnonyMustly

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    IMHO it is still the best option for local viewing of downloaded flash files. I like the interface, the full screen option is clearer, and I like being able to cue several files for playback rather than selecting them one at a time.

    The download from the developers website will force installation of something called InstallIQ, the download here does not.

    Cons

    This download WILL install multiple instances of unwanted software if you do not decline each one during installation. This is a minor inconvenience in light of the usefulness of the program. Pay attention during installation and by declining the extras you will end up with just FLV Player.

    Summary

    I still like this program but I feel that cnet/download.com should have been explicit about the added software that could be unintentionally installed by users.

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  • 1 stars

    "FLV 3.0 is malware and adware. It changes your settings"

    April 07, 2012   |   By MACpistol.com

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    There are no "pros" to flv 3.0. Version 2.0 had "pros" and they destroyed those pros with this awful version. FLV player 3.0 is awful to work with and awful to use to play files. Basic interface with 3.0 is difficult. Playing files is difficult and obnoxious. FLV player 2.0 was good, and simple, and it wasn't adware. 3.0 hounds you with ads.

    Cons

    This program is malware and should be removed from cnet IMMEDIATELY. If you want to keep FLV player 2.0 (since 2.0 is a good version), I discovered that ever since 3.0 was released, the program or the maker's website actually CHANGES YOUR FLV PLAYER SETTINGS back to allow it to check for updates even if you explicitly tell FLV player 2.0 not to. This constitutes malware. Whenever a program changes your settings without your permission, it is malware. PERIOD. Cnet should be ashamed for offering this trash and for making it look good. FLV 3.0 is loaded with ads and ridiculous bugs in the interface which cnet clearly didn't care about or didn't bother to notice. I actually had to go into windows firewall and BLOCK FLV player 2.0 from accessing the internet to keep it's maker from hacking my settings back every day to allow it to check for updates and harass me to get the new and awful version 3.0. You should NEVER have to go to such an extreme just to have your settings respected.

    Summary

    3.0 is not just awful, it is full blown malware because it's maker hacks your settings and tells version 2.0 to check for updates after you EXPLICITLY told it not to by unchecking the update box. I watched it change this setting a dozen times before I finally blocked this program's access to the internet via windows firewall (something you should NEVER have to do because your settings should be respected). Changing our settings in version 2.0 without permission, makes FLV player 3.0 MALWARE and it makes it's makers CRIMINALS. It is illegal to secretly hack someone's computer and change their settings but I watched the maker of this program do it to my version 2.0 every day for a month.

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  • 2 stars

    "don't see any advantage"

    April 07, 2012   |   By nuanced

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    It plays FLVs

    Cons

    It takes 4 or 5 times longer to load the file and start playing than the free VLC player. The interface is confusing. It tries to trick you into installing programs you don't want.

    Summary

    I just uninstalled it. No advantage over the VLC player while being slow to load. When installing it tries to install other programs

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    What's new in version 2.0.25
    Version 2.0.25:
    • adds 'video-only' mode (press [tab] to hide all FLV Player interface elements, note that you can still drag the video around)
    • adds volume control with [arrow-up] and [arrow-down] keys
    • adds timer toggle (normal and milliseconds)
    • restores ability to skip forward with [arrow-right] key
    General
    Publisher mdvisser
    Publisher web site http://mdvisser.nl
    Release Date November 19, 2010
    Date Added April 21, 2011
    Version 2.0.25
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Players
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size Not Available
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    Popularity
    Total Downloads 31,989,919
    Downloads Last Week 8
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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