On-Demand: Here are the 13 one-hour episodes of
Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series
This is Carl in a nutshell
[ Carl died in 1996...his complete Wikipedia biography is here ]
Geek alert...the video-files being streamed actually reside in a Google cloud-storage acct.
[ For details about that product, you can click on the Google Cloud Platform logo above. ]
[ One personal favorite episode is Episode 3, where Carl talks of the power of scientific knowledge. ]
He discusses the history of ideas...how astrology slowly gave way to the science of astonomy.
[ By the end of this episode, it becomes clear
why so many present-day scientists are non-religious. ]
[ Another personal favorite is Episode 11, where Carl solidifies the correctness of evolution. ]
(1) Select the desired episode:
(optional:) Browse this chosen episode's details at IMDB.com
(2) Click the start-arrowhead on the video-player to begin the selected episode.
(3) Note: The captions are 'soft', so you can enable or disable them, using the "CC" control.
Open-source: This app is implemented in a single HTML-file, so it can more easily be examined by others.
[ i.e. the HTML, JS, and CSS written by me are all together in a single HTML file, whenever possible. ]
This web-app page can operate in conjunction with CHROMECAST devices
So, if you have Wi-Fi, consider buying a Google 'Chromecast' device (aka: an 'HDMI-dongle') ,
available from the Google Store or Amazon.com, etc.
Using an actual CHROMECAST device is NOT the ONLY way to mirror a phone or tablet onto a TV.
Other, devices, such as a "Roku", or an "Amazon-Fire-TV", or an "Apple-TV" will also work. But, if you
have an Android-based phone or want ot use an actual PC (Windows or Linux phone or tablet, then
Chromecast is the simplest way to go. For prices and info for using any of these various devices,
The goal of using any of these devices is to project movies/music onto your TV, rather than viewing
them on the much smaller screens of a smartphone or a tablet.
Before first use of a Chromecast-device in a given household, you must first 'authorize' it to access
your house's wifi-network, by providing it your wifi's signal name and password.
One other name that you may be asked to supply during Chromecast-device setup is a name
you invent, to distinguish it from other 'castable devices' that might already be visible on
your wifi-network, such as a second Chromecast-device, or one of the industry's intelligent
microphone/speaker devices, such as 'Google's "Home" or Amazon's "Alexa", or Apple's "Siri".
Hint: Music-videos (e.g. on YouTube or elsewhere) or the audio portion a movie, etc,
can also be casted onto your TV using a 'Chromecast' device.
To initiate a 'casting' session, you can use a PC or any of the various 'mobile-devices', to
act as the 'remote controller' from which the video is being casted. Here is Google's
documentation for "tab-casting"
from any of 3 platform categories: "Computer" or "Android" or "iPhone & iPad".
[ For finer control of TV-screen layout, use a "Computer" platform when available
(i.e. Chrome OS or Windows OS or MacOS), rather than a mobile device (Android or iOS) ]
Step 1: On PC or Android or iOS device: Launch the desired movie, using Chrome browser.
Step 2: (On a PC device): Use the 'Cast...' option, in the upper-right menu ( 3 vertical dots ),
in the Chrome-browser, to connect to the chromecast device on the TV.
Step 2: (On Android or iOS device): Chrome browser has a builtin on-screen "cast-button". So when
you touch / tap in the viewer area, a button with the image: on it
will appear in the viewer window. Tapping on that will allow you to choose which
Chromecast device (or other "cast-targetable" device within wifi-range) that you want to use.
Note: When using a PC or mobile device as 'Chromecast controller',
users typically use the full-screen button on the viewer, to fill the entire TV-screen. This is fine,
if you don't care about subtitles. But going full-screen will prevent the subtitles from passing thru
onto the TV. This is because the default setting for casting is to "optimize full-screen videos", which causes
the controller to switch from "mirroring" to "media casting" mode, preventing the subtitles from passing
through to the TV. To prevent that, just un-check that option, by right-clicking on the "Cast..." option.
[ Note: However, mobile-devices don't explicitly allow such disabling, so you must 'trick' the browser
into disabling "media casting" mode changing, by enlarging/stretching the browser''s viewer so that
it ALMOST fills the TV-screen....i.e. use either "ctrl_+" / "ctrl_-" keyboard keys on a PC.
On touch-screen mobile-devices, you can use the two-fingered "touch-and-spread-apart" gesture. ]
Enjoy this TV-viewing experience!
Geek alert: The videos being streamed are MP4 video files (video-codec=H.264 and audio-codec=MP3).
Video viewing of MP4 video files works fine in most of the major browsers...e.g. Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and Edge, etc.
[ They're viewable on Android (but not on iOS?). On Apple MacOS, you'll need Chrome-browser, I think, rather than Safari. ]
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