As of about three weeks ago, I haven't been able to watch streaming videos from
cbs.com. I don't remember making any changes to my system configuration around that time.
When I try to load any videos, I briefly see a throbber and then get a black screen. If I mouse over the screen, I do see a play/pause button, progress bar and other buttons, but they do nothing. If I leave the window open for several minutes, the following message eventually appears:
The video you have requested is either unavailable or is being blocked by an ad blocker installed in your browser.
This seems to be a computer-level issue. Another computer on my network can load CBS videos just fine, but Internet Explorer and Firefox on my computer both fail. I do have NoScript, AdBlockPlus and some other addons installed for Firefox (now version 7, but version 6 when the problem started), but the error persists even if I disable them all. Even if they were to blame, they wouldn't explain why my vanilla Internet Explorer (version 9) fails. My OS is Windows 7.
This seems to be a common issue on the Internet. There are generally two solutions: "disable ad blockers" and "clear your hosts file" (or, at least, exclude
doubleclick.net from them). Neither one of these fixes worked for me.
What's stopping these videos from loading, and more importantly, how can I fix it?