The “Error loading player: No Playable sources found” is a common error that occurs in web-browsers. In most cases, it pops up when you’re streaming videos or listening to music on any media-delivering website that uses Adobe Flash. The main cause of this error is due to a corrupted installation or malfunction of Adobe Flash Player. Despite, Adobe’s decision to end support for Flash Player by the end of 2020, many popular websites still use Flash player. For example, Hulu, Crunchyroll, New York Times, CNN, Vimeo, Videojug, and much more. Hence, you’re still bound to face this error, until the end of 2020 at least.
The “No Playable Sources Found” error is luckily very easy to fix and we’ll show you how to do it. In most cases, a re-installation of Adobe Flash Player should do the trick. Nevertheless, we have some simpler methods before you decide to re-install the entire software.
How to Fix “No Playable Sources Found” Error?
In this section, we’ll discuss several simple steps you can take to finally get back to binging your favorite streams and videos. Most of these methods are done within the web-browser itself, so you won’t have to install any external third-party software. Let’s get started!
Method #1: Ensure That Adobe Flash Player Is Enabled
Now, this may sound silly, but surprisingly this is the most common reason why users face this issue. Sometimes, users may accidentally have Adobe Flash Player disabled for certain websites. It’s also quite possible that when upgrading to a later version of a browser that the Flash Player becomes disabled by default. This is because most web-browsers are restricting Adobe Flash use and moving towards HTML5. Follow the instructions below to enable your Adobe Flash Player.
- Visit the website that is displaying the error. In our example, we’ll be using Crunching roll, an anime streaming website.
- Click on the lock icon in the address bar and select Site Settings.
- In the Site Settings, you’ll see several permissions you can enable and disable. Look for “Flash” and set it to Allow from the drop-down menu.
Method #2: Clear The Flash Cache
Another way of solving the “No Playable Sources Found” error is by clearing the Flash Cache. This will erase all of the Flash Player data stored by websites on your computer. Hence, this will essentially give your Flash Player a fresh new start, and rid it of any old files that were clogging it down.
- Open Control Panel by searching for it in the desktop Start-Menu.
- Within the Control Panel, search the keyword “Flash”. Click on the “Flash Player (32-bit)” application.
- A window called Flash Player Settings Manager should open. Select the Storage tab.
- Check the circle “Allow sites to save information on this computer” and click on “Delete All…”
- Now in the new window that opens, check the box “Delete All Site and Data Settings” and select Delete Data.
- You’ve now cleared the Flash Player’s cache, close and restart your web browser and see if the “No Playable Sources Found” error still persists.
Method #3: Clear Browser Cache
Clearing your browser’s cache is a common fix for solving the “No Playable Sources Found” error. Moreover, there are several other benefits for clearing your browser cache every now and then. For example, less memory usage, protection of personal data such as login credentials, mobile numbers, etc. Clearing your browser cache will not delete any of your important browser information, it only deletes those temporary files that were saved in order to help load web-pages faster.
In this example, we’ll be using Google Chrome as it is the most popular web browser. However, all web-browser follow the same basic outline. We’ll be using a shortcut (CTRL + SHIFT + DEL) to access the browsing data settings which is applicable to all web browsers.
- Open your web browser and press the keys CTRL + LSHIFT + DEL in that order. This will open the “Clear browser data” menu.
- Now ensure that “Cached images and files” are checked. Then select the Clear data button.
- Your browser cache will be cleared and you will clear up a surprising amount of memory if you’re doing this after a very long time.
Method #4: Re-install Adobe Flash Player
A final option is to simply Re-install Adobe Flash Player. This will, without a doubt, solve your issue if the previous methods haven’t. Just head on over to the official Adobe Flash download page and follow the instructions listed below.
- Select the operating system you’re using and select the correct version. If you’re using Google Chrome or Opera select FP 32 – PPAPI. If you’re using Firefox select FP 32 – NPAPI.
- I would recommend you uncheck the optional offers for Mcafee before your installed
- Next click the “Download Now” button.
- After downloading run the executable file and follow the instructions to install Adobe Flash Player.
- After installing Adobe Flash, restart your web browser, and follow the steps in Method 1 to enable the Flash Player for the website you received the “No Playable Sources Found” error on.
The “No Playable Sources Found” is a common error faced by users trying to access websites that are still using Adobe Flash Player to display media and content. Adobe’s Flash Player is one of the oldest content standards that were developed to bring streams, games, music, videos, movies, and pretty much any form of digital content to users all over the globe.
Despite its success, due to security issues, Adobe will be discontinuing flash, and major websites will be switching to HTML5 by the end of 2020. Hence, after this year, the “No Playable Sources Found” error that haunted your web browser will be non-existent.