Play video on Internet

Play video on Internet

I was wanting to know if you can play a video on the web browser. Every time I try to play a video it says I need to download a flash player and it won't allow me to download it. Is there a way to play video or download the flash player?

TikiMan | April 22, 2013

The system was designed to prevent you from downloading any video player software, due to NTSB rules.

bp | April 23, 2013

My last two cars had DVD players in the audio system - and would play the video on the console touchscreen while the car was stopped.

Tesla should implement full browser support, including videos, and disable video playback only while the vehicle is moving.

Sudre_ | April 23, 2013

This might sound odd but I am not in my car when it is not moving.... at least not long enough to watch a video. Altho I can see the S being a lot safer for leaving the kids in while you run in to a quick shop....
or can you not live without porn so you watch at every stop light? (joke)

riceuguy | April 23, 2013

I would imagine the biggest issue is that it would be pretty hard to disable a browser plug-in based on the vehicle status. It's a lot easier to say "DVD can play when car is in park."

Alex K | April 23, 2013

@TikiMan | APRIL 22, 2013: The system was designed to prevent you from downloading any video player software, due to NTSB rules.

I've never heard of this "rule" from the NTSB. The NTSB can issue href="">safety recommendations, but they are not law. They primarily deal in investigating accidents. Maybe you mean the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)? The NHTSA does have guidelines: Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices, but they are not law right now.

MSNGIRL | April 23, 2013

So you can watch the video camera while driving but you can't have video from internet or playable device on the screen? Does that make sense? You should at least be able to watch it while the vehicle is stationary. I don't think its an actual law because I see vehicles at night with video on the main screen all the time. There must be something they can do. I can watch video on my current screen while driving, but do I watch it? No, it's for passengers. My passengers will miss that for trips. I guess its time for them to get an ipad. Would rear video screens in the headrests be an option? Something to keep the kids entertained.

craigi | April 23, 2013

Video would have come in handy while waiting for Harris Ranch Superchargers earlier this year. ;-)

(Instead, I had to work....)

kashiraja | April 23, 2013

@TikiMan, @Alex - My understanding is that it was a defensive move on part of TSLA. No rule/law yet, but TSLA want to limit the likelihood of any rule being handed down in the future.

yearbookpics14 | January 19, 2014

there are people who have hacked the screen and can watch videos on it.

DallasTXModelS | January 19, 2014

There is not a federal law but many states have laws prohibiting it. It is at the state level to enforce traffic laws.

A list by AAA providing what each states current laws are is at this web page. | January 19, 2014

@DallasTXModelS - Thanks for the link.

Interesting that in Colorado you're not allowed to use the browser while driving (the only state with this specific restriction).

In many states, it would appear that using the back up camera is also illegal the way they are written. I suspect either this list is out of date and/or missing exceptions for back up video.

NKYTA | January 19, 2014

@Tap, I truly wondered about the display of the rear camera while driving forward here in CA. Too many laws, not enough brain storage!

jackan | January 19, 2014

Can anyone give link or contact info. for help
with watching videos at least while parked?
Thanks in advance. Jack

diegoPasadena | January 19, 2014

In order to forestall any future law suits agains Tesla, I would even go further and support disabling the whole Internet browser function while the car is in motion, unless a passenger is detected. We have no business browsing the Internet while driving, so that would be no loss to us as drivers, but you just *know* someone will do that at one point, cause an accident and then open a can of worms. The car already detects passenger presence and car motion, so instituting this should be possible. Easy? I don't write code, so I have no idea.

Brian H | January 19, 2014

The rear view camera is not distracting entertainment, it's a driving aid.

Video while parked: watch a movie in installments at stop-lights! ;D

jordanrichard | January 20, 2014

It would be nice if they would enable it to play videos when the car is in park. It would help pass the time while charging the car at a SC. I am not an IT guy, but it can't be that difficult to do. After all, obviously the system knows you put the car into reverse, because it automatically enables the rear view camera to come on. So I would think it would be a simple matter of code to enable video when the car is in park.

dlake | January 20, 2014

I like the idea to allow playing videos while the car is in park, especially while charging, but how to do it? Would one be able to stream a video over 3G? Bluetooth video from your iPhone? Do USB sticks have enough capacity for videos/movies?

mjs | January 20, 2014

I think it's going to be harder than it looks to allow video while stopped, but disable it while in motion the way it's set up. Leaving aside the low bandwidth, which can be overcome through tethering, there is a browser issue.

The browser is an off the shelf component which doesn't know a whole lot about its environment. While the on board display computer certainly knows a lot about the environment, it doesn't really have a good way to communicate the permissibility of certain functions at certain times back to the browser. The browser is sort of a strapped on component to the rest of the system.

There could be some hacks, such as the onboard computer hiding the executable for the flash player, or the appropriate codec, from the browser while the car is in motion, but I don't think that's really an industrial strength solution.

Alternatively, the main system could blank out the browser entirely while driving, and then allow all functions.

A better solution would be to license a video codec and modify it to call out to the main system to check for permission to display the video. Then, it could do clever and useless things like pausing when the car moves or the phone rings.

Brian H | January 20, 2014

a movie typically occupies about 100MB+ on my disk, and thumb drives hold many GB, so no problem.

nisigns | January 20, 2014

They could do something similar to my 10 year old toyota avensis, the in-built sat nav disables the controls when the car goes over 5MPH, so i can't make any entries etc on it escept volume and to delete the distination, shouldn't be too dificult to put it in this one.

Alex K | January 20, 2014

@nisigns | JANUARY 20, 2014: They could do something similar to my 10 year old toyota avensis, the in-built sat nav disables the controls when the car goes over 5MPH, so i can't make any entries etc on it except volume and to delete the distention, shouldn't be too difficult to put it in this one.

NO! Tesla should leave the current system alone and add more functionality while driving. The Toyota system, which is also used by Lexus, is brain dead. They blank out many functions which are useful and allow some functions that allow you to navigate through many screens having to select things at different screen locations. Porsche, for example, still allows you to access all the screen functions while driving.

DallasTXModelS | January 20, 2014

@Brian H

And you only read Playboy for the articles ;D

DallasTXModelS | January 20, 2014


There is still no player for the movie on usb or bluetooth. You can play on tablet or iPad with great sound through car system.

roel | January 20, 2014

Go to the nearest apple store and buy yourself a nice ipad mini, via itunes you can enjoy all the movies you like, wherever you are! a car is not a place to enjoy a 3 hours movie.... Its to enjoy the ride

Brian H | January 21, 2014

Playboy has articles? Who knew?

fgamwell | October 6, 2014

Dear all, "Roel" gives the game away of what really is up with the whole non-playing of videos in the Tesla. When I bought mine the tech said that the software was mostly designed by ex-Apple guys. Here we are again, Steve Jobs in the ground by years and his minions still plaguing the earth with their anti-Flash agenda.

While I was sitting in my car waiting for my gym class to start yesterday I thought I would watch only find out that I cannot play anything due to Flash. All the Apple geeks love it...oh yes that logical a $100K super car and have to buy a $300...ooops sorry this is $600 iPad to be able to do what the car cannot do.

I asked the salesperson about it yesterday and she said "we have been told to say it is for safety reasons" and when I looked at her with the "do you think I am really that stupid" look she said "I makes no sense"

Elon I am surprised at you. I am a CEO like you and I dislike it when things are not right. Clearly sitting in my super car and being unable to play video content is pathetic....thank god I only leased my car for 3 years...

Haggy | October 6, 2014

Yes, it's for safety reasons. So is the letter "P" on the shift lever. My 2007 Infiniti played video on the front screen but only if you were in park with the parking brake engaged. I could see Tesla being tepid about if if nobody else did it and they didn't want law enforcement agencies arguing about whether the car was equipped with devices that violate any laws. But the fact that major players in the automotive world already allow that feature (and those are the same guys who won't let you use your electronics without clicking "I agree" on a waiver screen every time you start your car) shows me that it would be hard to argue against it.

TomServo | May 4, 2015

My 2012 Volt can play DVD but only while parked and the gear selector is in Park. The second I put it in drive the video goes away but you can still hear the audio. Seems easy enough.

Teslife | May 4, 2015

There is a law at least in Florida where video cannot be viewable while the vehicle is in motion. There are some people that install after market screen in the front of the vehicle and it's illegal.

acegreat1 | May 4, 2015

Put your phone on the dash and click on the Netflix app