updated 01:25 pm EDT, Thu June 30, 2011
Non-Apple browsers being blocked
The web versions of Apple's WWDC 2011 session videos are being blocked for browsers outside of Safari, according to complaints. Both the stable and Canary versions of Chrome, for instance, are unable to access the videos. Similarly, neither Firefox nor Opera will work, regardless of whether the browsers are running on a Mac or Windows system.
Whether Apple is intentionally favoring its own platforms (including Safari on iOS 4) is uncertain. The restriction appears to be arbitrary though, since Apple does allow people to watch the WWDC keynote in browsers like Chrome. Both the keynote and session videos are H.264-encoded.
The only alternative to viewing the videos in Safari is downloading them through iTunes. Apple has restricted other streams to Apple platforms in the past, namely live broadcasts of press events.