Anyone tried BBC iPlayer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SpitUK, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    This is another big draw for me if it works as well as the iPhone. I realise its not been released here but anyone got a US one in the UK to try it?
     
  2. BergerFan macrumors 68020

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    A dedicated app or the webapp? The webapp works just fine. Not sure a native app exists.
     
  3. FlexPen76 macrumors regular

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    Theres a webapp for the iPad? It doesnt work for me when i browse to it (flash plugin required (that old chestnut)) or through the "normal" iPhone / iPod link either.
     
  4. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    I thought they postponed the release.

    I have the web window put on the home screen, but it's not perfect.

    Why would US ones have it?
     
  5. bareskillz macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't work on my iPad either.

    How are you getting it?
     
  6. BergerFan macrumors 68020

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    Apologies. A major fail on my part. I thought I was in the iPhone forum. :eek::D
     
  7. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

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    It works just fine. I use it here in the US across a VPN connection to the UK set up in the iPhone.

    You just go to www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/iplayer

    That's it. I just tried it again before posting and it works fine.
     
  8. mrklaw macrumors 65816

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    The mobile site works but the quality isn't very good when you blow it up full screen.

    If you go to the normal iplayer site it'll give you a taste of what a proper iPad version might look like, maybe.
     
  9. bareskillz macrumors newbie

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    Iplayer is no longer working :(

     
  10. mrklaw macrumors 65816

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    Muppets. Why change it? It was limited to the uk anyway :/
     
  11. bareskillz macrumors newbie

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    I know it's mad. It was working really well, albeit with a poor screen res.

    I just hope they've pulled it so they can launch the iPlayer app with a bang when the iPad is released in the uk.
     
  12. NogbadTheBad macrumors regular

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    Do you know how it works on the iPhone, they haven't changed anything ?

    It looks at the type of web browser that's viewing the page, the iPhone sends a string ( user agent ) including the text iPhone, the iPad will send the string iPad.

    Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543a Safari/419.3

    Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10

    If they don't see the correct string it will send flash, the iPad isn't even out yet in the UK, why would they even bother changing anything till is out.

    http://whatsmyuseragent.com/
     
  13. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

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    Are you talking about the iPlayer mobile site? I just went there right now and a show called "Food Fighters" was listed at the top. I touched it and it played just fine.
     
  14. bareskillz macrumors newbie

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    They have changed the site, it no longer supports the iPad's user agent string. It was working.
    So calling them muppets is justified IMHO, the iPad's use of the site was not causing an issue so why change the user agent check to restrict it?
     
  15. NogbadTheBad macrumors regular

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    Maybe they don't like the quality issues when upscaling from 480 x 320 to 1024 x 768.

    Don't get me wrong here, I use my iPhone to view the BBC iPlayer site lots, I'm still waiting for the iPad to become available in the UK :(
     

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