I am experiencing issues playing video, does it matter that I have blocked 3rd party cookies?

Yes, you will need to unblock 3rd party cookies, in order to view video. In current versions of Firefox, for instance, follow these steps:
 
  • 1. In the Firefox menu bar, go to Tools > Options
  • 2. In the Options screen, select Privacy
  • 3. Make sure that both "Accept cookies from sites" and "Accept third-party cookies" are checked.
  • 4. In the "Keep until:" dropdown, select either "they expire" or "I close Firefox"
  • 5. Click OK to close the Options screen.
  • 6. Force-reload the page by doing Shift-Reload (Hold down the Shift key on the keyboard, while clicking the Reload button in the browser's button bar.)
  • 7. The videos should now play successfully