Gathan Beaga

yaris (again)

Now to whinge.

Martha mentioned how much her boys enjoyed that new Toyota Yaris advert, and I thought I’d try it out on my girls too.

They loved it. I had to loop it to keep them happy. “Crash! Bang!”, said Rosa happily, while her other sister just giggled all through (the micturition scene passing them by).

But it wasn’t exactly easy to obtain a copy of the video to use offline. I had to snarf the URL of the .flv file by using LiveHTTPHeaders on Firefox; download it and then play it in a dedicated .flv player (as my usual .flv player, VLC, didn’t seem to work on streamed .flv files). It seems that Toyota want us to stream this video, not download it – except that streaming for me is a pretty stop/start affair even though I’m on broadband. (And the nice people at seem to have set up their webserver to make difficult deep-linking of their movie files by redirecting any page hit that carries a referring URL to their home page – I can sympathise with them to an extent so I won’t post the precise URL of their version of the file here – so I couldn’t easily use their alternative source for the movie file.)

Why oh why is this so hard? (A question for Toyota webmaster other-Alan, who drops by on a semi-regular basis.) Why not offer a super hi-res version for download? What purpose is served by enforcing streaming?