BBC iplayer and Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by appledrone, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if you can watch shows on bbc iplayer through apple TV?

    if so, how and does it involve a hack?
     
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    Not at the moment. Hopefully one day ;)
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    This feature will be available in AppleTV using the 2.2 Upgrade in July.

    UK Users only though due to the TV Licence Requirements but bypassable using a UK Proxy server.....
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    good news!

    Cool, where did you find out that?

    So I take we will be able to directly access iplayer without the mac switched on?
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    I can't understand why you can't now if you can on a iphone/touch.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Because the AppleTV doesn't have a web browser.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    A friend of a friend of a friend....;-)

    Yes, you're mac won't need to be switched on, kinda like the youtube feature.

    In the meantime ;

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/27354

    Download this, then you enter any url from the bbc iplayer website.

    Once it's downloaded your tv programme add it to itunes and sync to AppleTV :)
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    markfc, do you happen to know that when it is available on apple tv, will the picture quality be better in full screen mode than it currently is on a mac? (becasue its pretty crap on my 17" imac let alone a 32 lcd tv)
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Is there any way to access the BBC iplayer from outside the UK?
     
  10. macrumors 601

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    Well maybe the BBC have changed something?
    Didn't work when I tried it about 5 minutes ago... :eek:

    Quicktime gave an "Error opening movie" and VLC a "mp4: MP4 plugin discarded (no moov box)"
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    not true.

    Check here
    You need to hack your ATV to use it.

    PM me for more info.
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Umm, No I was right. The AppleTV doesn't have a webbrowser.
    Not everyone wants to hack!
     
  13. macrumors member

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    Just tried this and although it downloads the files there is some encryption now so they won't play. The author is aware of the issue and has asked for some coding help. Hopefully he can get the new version out as it looks very promising.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    Technically you are right. But it is pretty straightforward.
     
  15. Gee
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    When in July?
     
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    I'm more bothered about getting access to all their radio shows in the Real Media format.

    Does anyone know if:

    [A] Real are planning to release a player for the OS X iPhone/iPod Touch.

    or

    BBC are planning to move away from Real streams.

    Also I'm know expert on streaming, but surely it would make sense for the BBC to go Quicktime as the Quicktime (Darwin) streaming server is open source and free whereas I imagine they pay Real for their technologies.

    Is Real seen as more platform agnostic? I guess real runs on Windows, which QT doesn't. What's wrong with streaming MP3 either?
     
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    Tom B.

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    Well, you can now listen to recent radio programs in the new iPlayer Beta, so they play just like if you were watching a TV programme. I know the iPhone/iPod touch still can't play flash, but the BBC may make a workaround like they did for TV programmes.


    Another interesting unrelated change in the iPlayer beta is the increase in video resolution by 25% from 512 pixels wide, to 640. This will be a nice improvement in time for the Apple TV
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    BBC Iplayer

    Well it didn't appear in the last update...it is an obvious requirement to make the AppleTV more useful. Does anyone have any idea if and when it is likely to happen.
     
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    neiltc13

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    Just as a POI for anyone making a purchase - BBC iPlayer is now up and running and is officially supported via PlayStation 3's web browser.
     
  20. Gee
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    And is available through Boxee if you hack your appleTV
     
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    TwinCities Dan

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    Yes! The new version of Boxee came out for public beta this week and it does include iPlayer (U.K. only), Joost, and Mtv Music. :cool:

    If you haven't installed Boxee on your :apple:TV you are really missing out! ;)
     
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    neiltc13

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    The BBC is continually changing its standards for iPlayer though. Boxee's implementation is not official, and likely depends on the way the BBC has implemented its current version of the player. It wouldn't surprise me to see it being switched off or even broken by the odd file naming revision or something.

    At least the PS3 one is officially supported.
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

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    No.

    People in the UK pay for BBC content through public TV licensing which you have to pay if you have a TV, and this funds the BBC. Therefore, how should it be fair if 50-60 million or so are paying for our content, but the rest of the world watches for free. Even if there was a way for people to watch the iPlayer programmes from abroad you won't be making many friends here.
     
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    OllyW

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    It isn't just the BBC and the TV license.

    You cannot play any of the online US TV streaming services outside the USA either.
     

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    Link doesn't work :(
     

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