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Friendly Streaming Browser is a minimalistic multitasking browser that allows you to watch almost any streaming service on your Mac. Here's how to set it up.
Friendly Streaming Browser has an almost universal picture-in-picture video viewer that works with most websites, unlike other browsers like Safari. As a result, users can swipe through social media while watching a video, or create drawings in Photoshop by following a video tutorial.
It allows users to change the brightness, saturation, contrast and transparency for video content or any web page so you can see the content exactly the way you want it on a specific platform. For example, you might want a brighter, more saturated video on a white background, but not necessarily as bright on a black background.
It is also a powerful built-in player that can also play local videos in picture-in-picture mode. Supported formats include MPEG, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA, MP4, MOV, 3GP, OGG, Real, WAV and FeLV
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Friendly Streaming Browser is available from the Mac App Store and is easy to set up and use. You just download it from the store and open it.
Requires macOS High Sierra 10.13 or later.
It's free to download, and with an additional license you get advanced ad blockers and the ability to support a small group of independent developers. There are three tip options: $1.99, $4.99, and $9.99.
The button on the left side of the address bar for various streaming services, including YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Paramount+ and more. Clicking the Add button displays more options and users can add other websites if their favorite service is not listed.
To do this, enter a website name and URL, then click Save. Friendly Streaming Browser will keep a shortcut on the launcher and users can go to the website with one click.
When playing a video, the browser displays a pair of green buttons to the right of the address bar. One button activates the picture-in-picture mode, and the other is for zooming in on the video.
Besides watching videos, it works just like any other browser, with some limitations. It's clearly designed for video streaming, so there's no place to install browser extensions here.
Even though it's streaming oriented, users can still surf the web the same way they would on other browsers and share URLs with Messages, AirDrop and other apps .