BBC IPLAYER on Iphone3G

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  1. stevepeck macrumors member

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    Does anyone know if the BBC are working on the iplayer service for the Iphone3g?
     
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  4. stevepeck thread starter macrumors member

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    l know it sounds silly (and lm new)
    why is BBCIplayer wifi only and Youtube 3G :rolleyes:
     
  5. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

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    BBC iPlayer has high quality video? Puts to much strain on the 3G network.
     
  6. memesmith macrumors regular

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    Because the maximum file size on Youtube is tiny compared to the average iPlayer file.
     
  7. stevepeck thread starter macrumors member

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    thefunkymunky cheers for that now all makes more sense.:)
     
  8. pauld macrumors regular

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    Probably down to BBC shows lasting around 30-60 minutes and Youtube clips generally being under 7 minutes. Maybe iPlayer shows are a higher bit-rate too.
     
  9. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    It's not necessarily - watching 30 minutes of clips from YouTube uses just as much bandwidth as watching a single 30 minute iPlayer programme.

    It's all O2. I imagine the only reason O2 allow YouTube without any fuss is because it's built into the firmware and probably in their contract with Apple that they have to provide default phone services.

    Phazer
     
  10. Akaal macrumors member

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    im really impressed with the iplayer on my iPhone 3G! its works great, really smooth, the video quality its awesome, its so much better then youtube. It almost seems like HD quality!
     
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    and a dog is taller than a horse if you stack 10 dogs on top of each other.
     
  12. Moria macrumors regular

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    Going by that logic at an 2 hour long HD film you download would be the same filesize as a 2 hour long SD film?
     
  13. mailliw macrumors member

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    I find their website on the iPhone absolutely brilliant, and I'm only being greedy, but does anyone know if they plan on a standalone app?
     
  14. donnie3000 macrumors member

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    iPlayer Home Screen icon

    Has anyone noticed that, on 2.0 or iPhone 3G (not sure which is the problem), the home screen icon for iPlayer is just a plain old shot of the page and not the nice custom icon we had with 1.1.4?

    EDIT: Just a thought - it could be the new iPlayer beta site that's the problem?
     
  15. sibruk macrumors 6502a

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    They've just done a complete overhaul of the iPlayer site, so looks like they must have forgotten to add back in the meta tag for the iPhone web clip icon.
     
  16. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Strange… I have a Gen 1 iPhone with 2.0 and the icon is fine…
     
  17. ayzee macrumors 6502a

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    BBC iPlayer Videos are so high quality, if O2 allowed it on 3G, it would probably affect and slow down the whole 3G network. Youtube videos are tiny compared to the rich quality BBC shows on iPlayer
     
  18. sibruk macrumors 6502a

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    But did you add it before the iPlayer site overhaul, or after? I added mine after, and it is just a tiny snapshot of the page.
     
  19. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Ah I see… Added it before.
     
  20. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Not necessarily the most relevant post in the thread, but I just discovered the amazing show that is Top Gear, and was really upset that the BBC iPlayer can't be watched outside of the UK...:(
     
  21. sibruk macrumors 6502a

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    If you get BBC America...
    http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/266/index.jsp
     
  22. UKmacman macrumors regular

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    can you watch the bbc iplayer on your iphone outside the uk?
     
  23. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

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    No afraid not. BBC iPlayer doesn't work via the cellular network so needs WiFi. If your outside the UK you won't have a UK-based IP address allocated to you. Its another reason why the iPlayer is limited to WiFi only.
     
  24. Akaal macrumors member

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    yeh course you can, you can only access the iplayer over wifi and not 3G, and if your abroad your just connecting to a normal website (www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer), so there wont be any restriction in accessing bbc iplayer abroad.
     
  25. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    No, iPlayer is UK only for now. When it does eventually roll out to other areas you will have to pay a fee to access content.
     

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