Solution – No Sound in CNN Video

April 8th, 2007

Have you lost the sound when watching videos? In particular, have you lost sound when watching videos from This tutorial might help you!

The problem seemed to start quite randomly – One day I hit the website, and all of a sudden I found to my suprise that I could watch, but not hear, CNN video – I tried mucking around with the speaker volume – no avail.

At first I thought it might have been some sneaky ploy by CNN to get me to subscribe to their paid video service, but I’ve since learnt it is a codec problem caused by an automatic update to windows media player.

I found the following solution, and it seems to have brought back the sound in CNN videos..

No Sound when Watching Video

Recently I mysteriously lost all sound when I clicked on video feeds from the CNN website. It was quite strange, as I didn’t have the same problem from any other news website, just CNN.

I have found the solution. Apparently the problem is caused by a faulty / deprecated codec in an update to windows media player.

The Cure? A new Codec!

To get around the problem, you need to install a new codec.

The best one I have found is called codec all-in-one – it is free, and it seems to work well, but a google search may turn up other alternatives that work equally as well.

You can download the all-in-one codec here – please let me know if the link doesn’t work.




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  • 1. Aditya Tumkiur  |  May 1st, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    This solution of installing the codec worked ..
    thats for the great job

  • 2. DuckMan  |  May 2nd, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Thankyou Aditya!

    It’s cool my little tip worked for you too.. I thought I was losing my marbles until I worked out that was the problem!!

    Have fun!


  • 3. Baha  |  May 21st, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks man, your tip helped me out too. It is always nice to have some people having each other on very uncommon problems.

  • 4. DuckMan  |  May 23rd, 2007 at 12:14 am

    No worries Baha 🙂

    Now if only I could find out how to stop the free wireless internet from dropping out every two minutes I’d be fine.. I’m over in the Silicon Valley (California) at the mo – for crying out loud, you would think, surely, of all the places in the world Silicon Valley should have decent internet connections 🙂

  • 5. joe  |  June 3rd, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    works just great. Thanks.

  • 6. gts308  |  June 19th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    You is the man DuckMan!
    Been racking the grey matter for a week now trying to fix this problem of no sound.
    If I was a female or gay I would marry you! ( kidding )
    Thanks so much.

  • 7. theDuck  |  June 22nd, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Another happy (Camp)er 😉

  • 8. Hartwig  |  July 1st, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Hi from Germany!

    Thx for your codex all in one. It works absolutely perfect. It worked with CNN, but also on France 2 or on from Iowa.



  • 9. Nancy  |  November 2nd, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I tried the codec all-in-one, editing registry (media player value to 0) with no success; still no audio in videos (cnn, abcnews, msn.)

    Any other suggestions? Thanks!

  • 10. Hatter106  |  February 22nd, 2008 at 11:05 am

    The download link is broken, anyone got the proper link?

  • 11. theDuck  |  February 22nd, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Dang I hate it when websites change their links and don’t redirect from the old version… I’ve updated the link above and it should work for you now.


  • 12. Don  |  March 16th, 2008 at 5:40 am

    I use win vista, after downloading the codec all in one, each time I open the CNN live video link, I got a pop up and ask me to close the windows, and If I don’t, the windows will close and reopen with my home page itself.
    What happened?

    thanks guys!

  • 13. Andrea  |  March 31st, 2008 at 11:48 am

    nah mine still doesnt work i even downloaded other things nothings working i am going mad

  • 14. pixelface  |  June 4th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    To fix no sound in streaming video, including, I found this solution:
    in the registry go to folder
    [ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \MediaPlayer \NodeCLSIDs\ {95037DA1-6ED9-4B27-8CFF-9AD3DFB0B2F2} ]

    change the value of ‘Auto Insert” on the right from “1” to “0” and click OK. then you should be good.

  • 15. 808Dude  |  September 24th, 2008 at 9:24 am

    pixelface is right…

    just do the regedit fix!


  • 16. Adam  |  October 3rd, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Your a stud… My audio on CNN live hasn’t worked for the last 2 months and I’ve tried about 5 different tricks to fix this, to no avail. But your trick worked, thanks.

  • 17. Jordo  |  October 15th, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Bingo. Changing the registry worked!!!!!


  • 18. c0mpliant  |  November 5th, 2008 at 7:49 am

    pixelface your a legend! Worked a treat!

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