BBC getting ready for iPhone/iPlayer? Update - Beta

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  1. breadesign macrumors newbie

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    was just looking at the new BBC home page source and noticed an interesting line of code in the metatags...

    <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/home/beta/iphone_icon.png"/>

    the 'icon' itself is a bbc logo, but it doesn't appear to be on the main page itself... it might be a precursor to the iplayer content for the iPhone or even an iPhone specific page that they are preparing... (I read somewhere on here that this was planned)

    what can it mean?
     
  2. alFR macrumors 68020

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    It means they've put a webclip icon in place for their homepage, that's all.
     
  3. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Isn't that the icon that appears if you make a web link on the iPhone?

    I hope it means more… but… :eek:
     
  4. sadsack macrumors member

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    Well the bbc.co.uk/iplayer site is down right now. So maybe they are linking up with Apple today to launch iphone streaming.
     
  5. arkitect macrumors 601

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    It was down for maintenance last week and the week before as well…

    But here's hoping today is the day. :D

    Edit:
    iPlayer site is back online. The wait goes on!
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    yeah they have actually had that home screen icon for a while now.
     
  7. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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    It would have been more telling if the icon was on the iPlayer page, rather than the BBC home page..
     
  8. donnie3000 macrumors member

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    iPlayer iPhone Beta site!

    Navigate to the iPlayer site on an iPhone now and the front page shows a little pink label in the corner stating 'Beta BBC iPlayer for iPhone'

    I've clicked on a few programmes, but it just comes up with 'Sorry, ______ is not available Please select another programme and try again' it no longer says you need flash!!!!
     
  9. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Looks like progress. :D

    Also if you save as a webclip it has a little iPlayer icon.
     
  10. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    yup.. just tried it.. but like you, no programmes are available yet..
     
  11. Hudzilla macrumors 6502a

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    Try again at around 6pm UK time tonight!
     
  12. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Do you know something we don't? :D:D :p

    Ahhhhh… *lightbulb* maybe linked to Apple's SDK announcement ~ 6'ish UK time?
     
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  15. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    It'll be free for seven days after broadcast, same as the Flash version.

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  16. Pennine macrumors 6502

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    I mean will we have to purchase an app of I Tunes ?
    or will it just work
     
  17. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    No, it should just be Safari based AFAIK.

    iPlayer is run by the public service BBC rather than BBC Worldwide, so they can't charge for an app under UK law if there is one, but I think it's very unlikely they'll be one.

    I should note that as far as I'm aware the beta isn't supposed to launch until the last week of April and people shouldn't get their hopes up, but it's possible it'll be sooner and it's just been kept *very* secret.

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  18. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Right now it is anyone's guess as to what will happen.

    However judging by the way the iPlayer site functions right now it would seem no extra purchase would be necessary and it will "just work".
     
  19. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    What is worth noting is that the iPlayer page now has it's own "BBC iPlayer" webclip icon, and it's different to the rest of the BBC site...

    Phazer
     
  20. Pennine macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean " it's different ?"
     
  21. arkitect macrumors 601

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    It is different to the icon used for the main BBC site.
    This icon is specifically for the iPlayer.
     
  22. Pennine macrumors 6502

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    Yeah see what you mean "cool "
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    this looks brilliant. Surely this will be up and running tonight. There not going to have the iPhone beta sign up and not have it up and running!!!
    I take it us Brits will be the only ones who can watch stuff. And will it work on edge?????
     
  24. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

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    I think this should be on either the front page or page 2!

    I'm confident this will be comming soon, screenshots held as evidence!

    How exciting!

    In the screenshots you see:
    1. iPlayer Page
    2. Closeup on new iPhone tag
    3. iPlayer Bookmarklet
    4. This flashes up momenteraly whilst loading, but it isn't flash - that wouldn't show up, it is either an image placeholder, or it is some other technology!
    5. Video page fully loaded, doesn't mention flash. It is as if the content is not yet available! They just need to upload it in this new version, presumably H.264 Quicktime (mpeg).
     

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