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On-Demand: "Sarasota Slim's favorite Taxi episodes"


[ Many, but not all, episodes have 'soft' captions / subtitles that can be enabled/disabled ]



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Geek alert...the video-files viewable here actually reside in a separate Google cloud-storage acct.
[ For details about that product, click on the Google Cloud Platform logo above. ]

Geek alert: We're using a video-player framework (avail at "videojs.com").
[ This framework produces the same tailorable media-player in all browsers. ]



[Episode_Name]


(1) Select name of desired episode :
(Optional): Browse the chosen episode's details at IMDB.com
(2) Click the START->arrowhead
  (3) Enable the captions if desired  



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. ]




cast icon This web-app page can operate in conjunction with CHROMECAST devices cast icon
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, click here


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: cast icon 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. ]
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This content should be viewable in all major browsers...i.e. Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari, Edge/IE

The soft captions/subtitles used here are VTT (text) files, which were converted from SRT (text) files.
[ There's a free SRT->VTT converter avail at: https://atelier.u-sub.net/srt2vtt/ ]
SRT files (in many various languages) are available at "subscene.com".

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