BBC iPlayer needs Flash

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by britpop, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. britpop macrumors member

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    www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

    This site would be fantastic if I could install the flash player. Any news about an iPod Flash player?
     
  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    At least Mac users can watch BBC content, now. So I'm happy. The new iPod's do need Flash support, though. I can't imagine it being too far off.
     
  3. Draythor macrumors 6502

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    February SDK
    I guarantee we'll see some sort of flash support by then...
     
  4. elppa macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't be so sure.

    Adobe seem to struggle to produce a flash player for the Mac which doesn't hog the CPU. That's with the super powerful Core 2 Duo, goodness knows what they'd do to the *much* less powerful ARM chip inside the touch and phone.
     
  5. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    They struggle to produce a flash player for anything that doesn't hog the CPU.

    Get rid of flash and I reckon world CO2 emissions would drop a good 10% ;)
     
  6. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    I predict that the falsh problem will be solved in 2008 not by releasing a Falsh player, but rather an application that can open up flash files, find the source video and play that back through the standard video player application on the touch. This will be much easier than it sounds, since Adobe is dropping FLV for h264 anyways, which the touch can already play, so it's just a matter of dissecting the flash file, finding the address of the video file and shooting it over to the video player. A codec upgrade to let the flash video player decode FLV is that final step.

    This will take care of the primary use for flash nowadays, video, and be a hell of a lot easier than writing a full flash client. Without full flash support you still get the advantage of lower battery consumption (not loading a ton of flash banners and junk) but could still use it for flash video sites like the BBC. Either Apple will do this, with Adobes help, or some clever programmer will.
     
  7. cheekybobcat macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I know, I haven't heard of a flash player for the touch yet but I'm sure it will come soon. Hopefully with the February SDK.
     
  8. morecja macrumors newbie

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    Am I missing something?

    The touch plays YouTube video which I understood was in flv format
    Then why can it not play BBC iPlayer content?

    James
     
  9. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    YouTube content was re-encoded using h264 for Apple devices to be able to access it.
     
  10. scott:mac macrumors regular

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    BBC iPlayer is not safari compatible i dont think.
    I had to use Firefox, that worked out fine for me

    Hope it works out.

    :apple: genius
    Scott
     
  11. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Actually you can't run Firefox on the iPhone or the iPod Touch... ;)

    PS. Safari work fine with the iPlayer.
     
  12. scott:mac macrumors regular

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    Oooooh, iPhone i thought he meant mac.
    And the iPlayer didnt work for me with safari.
    I now use firefox with it.

    BW
    Scott
     

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