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What is MTV Overdrive?

MTV Overdrive is a free Broadband Video Channel brought to you by MTV.com

Do I have to pay to use MTV Overdrive?

MTV Overdrive is totally free.

What kind of content will I find on MTV Overdrive?

MY VMAs: My VMAs features a wide range of exclusive Video Music Awards content. Follow Diddy the week leading up to the big event, catch intimate performances, see all of the latest bling, from cars to yachts, and all of the events that transpire on the red carpet. After the event ends, we'll post the entire show online. You'll be able to mix and match all of the content to create your own personal VMA experience.

MUSIC: The Music channel features a wide variety of programming to suit anyone's taste, including exclusive programming like MTV.com LIVE and First Ladies. Plus, check out special programming, MTV shows and a library of the hottest Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B and Indie music videos.

MOVIES: Interviews with your favorite stars, behind the scenes footage, hot news on the best movies, it's all on MTV Overdrive.

ON TV: Catch up on Laguna Beach, Real World, MADE, Wild Boyz, Punk'd, TRL, Meet The Barkers and more of your favorite MTV shows.

Do I have to register to use MTV Overdrive?

You do not need to register to use MTV Overdrive.

Why is there advertising before or after some MTV Overdrive videos?

In order to offer you all of this terrific content free of charge, MTV shows ads to pay for the service. Please help us continue to offer MTV Overdrive for free by supporting our advertisers.

Can I change the size of the video?

Directly below the video, you'll see a series of 4 buttons that allow you to change the size of the video. Please experiment to see which size works best for you. Please note that Full Screen mode takes over your entire screen. To return to your previous view, hit the Escape key or double-click on the video. To fully enjoy Full Screen mode, we suggest that you turn off any screensavers as they can interfere with extended playback.

Can I create a customized lineup of programming?

Any show on MTV Overdrive can be added to your playlist by clicking the "Add Show To Playlist" button. Any video you see on MTV Overdrive can be added to your playlist by clicking the "Add To Playlist" button. Once videos are in your playlist, you can reorder them by clicking and dragging the video tiles. Your playlist will be automatically saved for future use.

Can I easily share this content with friends?

Any show, video or playlist on MTV Overdrive can be shared with friends by clicking the "Send to Friend" or "Send Playlist to Friend" buttons. You'll get a form that requires your e-mail address and your friend's e-mail address. To send the show, video or playlist to more than one person, separate multiple e-mails by commas. You can also include an optional message.

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TECHNICAL

What are the minimum system requirements to run MTV Overdrive?

To run MTV Overdrive, your system must meet the following requirements:

You must have a high speed connection (DSL or Cable modem):
Minimum Broadband Bandwidth: 500kbs
Optimal Broadband Bandwidth: 1,000kbs

The minimum system configuration to use MTV Overdrive is:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium III 666 MHz (or equivalent)
  • Internal Memory: 256 Mb RAM
  • Operating System: Windows 2000 SP4+, Windows XP
  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (or higher)
  • Media Player: Windows Media Player 9 (Windows 2000) Windows Media Player 10 (Windows XP)
  • Flash Player: Macromedia Flash 7
  • Note: Some older computers with Pentium III processors may have trouble displaying the high-quality video on MTV Overdrive.

The optimal system configuration to use MTV Overdrive is:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or better
  • Internal Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Operating System: Windows XP
  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
  • Media Player: Windows Media Player 10 (Windows XP)
  • Flash Player: Macromedia Flash 8

Do I need special software to use MTV Overdrive?

MTV Overdrive does not require special software to run.

You will, however, need the most recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and Macromedia Flash.

To enhance playback of high-quality video on your computer, you may choose to download the Overdrive Video Optimizer (see below).

How can I minimize the need for scrolling?

This is a known bug with Windows Media Player. To solve the problem, you'll need to follow two steps:

  1. Right click on the desktop of your computer and select 'Properties'.
  2. Click on the Settings tab.
  3. Click and hold the arrow in the 'Screen resolution' area and move to the right until you reach a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels.
  4. Click Apply.

The video is sometimes displayed upside down and is colored green or orange. Why is that?

This is a known bug with Windows Media Player. To solve the problem, you'll need to follow two steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest release of Windows Media Player. You can download the latest here.
  2. Download the patch that addresses the problem. You can download the patch here.

I am hearing sound but not seeing any video. What could be the problem and how can I fix it?

There are two possible causes for this.

Some computers cannot display video unless they are in 24- or 32-bit color mode. To see if you are in this mode, right-click on your desktop and choose 'Properties'. Then click the 'Settings' tab. There should be a box near the lower-right which says 'Color Quality'. From the dropdown menu, make sure either 24-bit (high color) or 32-bit (true color) is selected.

You may not have the required version of Windows Media Player installed. To fix this:

  1. Click your 'Start' menu and then click 'Windows Update'.
  2. Go through the Windows Update process and it should suggest a new Windows Media Player or Windows Media Player Codec for you to install.

Why can't I use MTV Overdrive on my Macintosh Computer?

The videos on MTV Overdrive are encoded using the Microsoft Windows Media 9 codec to ensure the maximum possible video quality. In order to offer you a broad selection of full-length music videos on-demand and free of charge, MTV Overdrive uses Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) to protect the videos from unauthorized re-distribution.

Unfortunately, Microsoft's Windows Media Player Plug-in for Macintosh does not currently support DRM. When DRM support becomes available for Macintosh, MTV Overdrive will work to support Macintosh.

Why is video not playing in my Firefox browser?

There could be a problem with your ActiveX plug-in. You will need to delete the plug-in and re-install it. Close your browser and double click on my computer. Double click on Local Disk C, then Progam Files, then Mozilla Firefox, then plugins and delete the file named "npmozax.dll". Re-start your browser and launch Overdrive again. Follow the prompt to install the ActiveX plug-in. At this point you may see a yellow bar in the top of your browser window. Click on it and add MTV to your trusted sites. After the plug-in is installed re-start your browser and the video should play. If it still doesn't play make sure you have the latest version of Windows Media Player installed. If video still won't play, launch Overdrive in IE.

Why can't I use MTV Overdrive in my Firefox / Mozilla browser?

MTV Overdrive takes advantage of special features only available in the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser (Version 5.5 or higher). These features are not currently supported by Firefox / Mozilla, but MTV is working to develop a version of MTV Overdrive that will work with Firefox / Mozilla browsers.

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