I've been trying to tinker with making VLC support video websites that aren't included in the default distribution. When I view the source of the video webpage, I am able to extract something that looks like a http url to the video files (in several different formats, even). But if this is pasted into a browser tab, I get a big nasty Forbidden 403 error.
Obviously this is to deter people snarfing videos directly. But does anyone have any insight as to how they might be accomplishing it? I don't think it's cookie-based, else it would likely work in the same browser that I opened the video webpage in. Does the Flash player send a different http header than my browser, something like that?
I don't need a perfect solution, just someone to point me in the right direction.