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BBC iPlayer: type of Flash content not supported

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by NineToTheSky, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. NineToTheSky

    NineToTheSky Well-Known Member
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    I'm in the UK, and when I try to play the BBC iPlayer, I get this message:
    Shockwave flash. This type of flash content is not supported

    Is there anything I can do to get the iPlayer working?
     

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  2. psychofox

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    I believe there's an app called beebplayer which works pretty well.
     
  3. NineToTheSky

    NineToTheSky Well-Known Member
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    Yes, I've got that, but the picture quality really isn't that great.
     
  4. wuthton

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    The app is designed for use over 3g and it still works when reception is not that great.

    All things considered I think it is an excellent app, I managed to watch the F1 at work this morning.
     
  5. NineToTheSky

    NineToTheSky Well-Known Member
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    I'm using it on my home wi-fi connection. It's the live TV, I've discovered, where the picture isn't good. Replay is fine, as you say.
     
  6. wuthton

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    Full flash is supposedly coming this Autumn but I wouldn't hold your breath.

    You need to remember that this is a phone, compare the specsheet to your laptop/desktop, you just can't expect the same picture quality from the hardware. Receiving/processing streamed video is heavy on the processor and annihilates the battery.
     
  7. NineToTheSky

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    I appreciate that, but I've just come from a Samsung i8910, which is inferior in almost every respect - except for the radio (I'm not impressed with the Desire's) and the fact that it plays the iPlayer very well. So a phone can do it.
     
  8. kboya

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    Beebplayer works like a dream over my WiFi, live and not. But, can't speak for 3g, doubt I would ever use it
     
  9. RobDickson

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    I didn't try using the iPlayer until last night, and was dissapointed to see that not only does the Flash not work, but BBC iPlayer - Help - Not Supported doesn't work either. The Flash videos embedded into the BBC News website do work OK.

    I thought this might mean I had to keep hold of my iPod Touch, but will check out Beebplayer.

    Edit:
    I tried it this morning. It certainly seems to do the job.
     
  10. RogerT

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    Is Beebplayer only available in the UK ? I am in Italy and caqn't find it on the Market.

    I only want to listen to Radio 4 :(

    Cheers Roger
     
  11. Salieri

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    Unfortunately the Beebplayer quality is pretty poor, especially when blown up fullscreen on the Desire. If you choose not to use the beebplayer video player, and use the Desire's, you can say to show it at the original size. Video looks much nicer but is a tiny postage stamp in the middle of the screen! Last I heard BBC were looking to produce an Android app, as were TVCatchup... both of which I still have to turn to my iPod Touch to use.
     
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