BBC iPlayer streaming service for Macs launches

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    Awesome! Now my life doesn't have to be based around the Eastenders schedule :)
     
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    Steady on. It's streaming in Flash video only, no downloads.
    Better than nothing though.
     
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    Now to get the full iPlayer software so we can download the programs like our windows counter parts.
     
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    "Sorry, downloading BBC iPlayer programmes is currently only available for Windows"...hopefully it won't be long :)
     
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    Just had a play with it: seems to work really well. But no Top Gear?
     
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    Trying to watch Have I got news for you

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    Spoke too soon...only a few minutes into watching (the video is now working btw):

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  9. The Phazer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It will be at least six months. According to the BBC Backstage podcast since Fairplay doesn't support timed expiry the only alternative possible provider of a DRM they've found is Adobe AIR, and for obvious reasons that means no Mac download service could launch until AIR itself is ready...

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    No problems here.

    Then....
    I tried one episode of In The Night Garden and it worked fine, but then another episode threw up that message.:confused::confused::confused:

    Must be temperamental.
     

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    Happened about 12 minutes into it and it would happen everytime at the same point for me. Annoying.
     
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    Absolutely terrible quality. Doesn't even have a full screen mode (without silly icons on the screen - that's what full screen means BBC). The whole iPlayer project has been a misguided waste of time and money.

    I'll continue to get my time-shifted material from 'that other source' :)
     
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    Seems to work OK…
    Pity about not being able to download and watch later as per Windows.

    But I suspect the BBC are just going throught the motions and that 100% Mac suport will never be a priority.

    Edit: Spoke too soon… 21 minutes into last night's Watchdog and then got the "Error" message. Oh well.
     
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    Oh, I think a Mac version will come when there's a suitable DRM (of course, unless Apple fix Fairplay that doesn't mean it'll ever work with iPods/phones). Linux I'm less convinced about, but I think a Mac version will happen.

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    Excellent :D

    Since they're now doing this streaming model, I'd love to see the bandwidth use they will be getting :eek:
     
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    LOLerskates :D Beeb tend to have great intentions, but they've been dragged into the same old DRM rubbish as the more evil corporations out there.

    Usenet FTW. Top Gear on the XBox 360.
     
  17. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    The quality is *****! I expected nothing great but this is just stupid. Just look at the attached image of a cocker-spaniel, a hamster and a giraffe, they look weird!
     

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    I suspect that when the release the option to download the programs rather than stream them the quality will be a lot higher. I think the quality they chose is a trade of due to bandwidth requirements.
     
  19. The Phazer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's better than YouTube, which is obviously enough for people given how many users it has.

    *wants iPhone Flash player now*

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    I love how the volume goes up to 11, not 10. cool :p
     
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    Can programs be downloaded the same way that YouTube videos can be saved?
     
  22. gavd macrumors 6502a

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    Just had a look at this and it seems OK. Not something I'll use a lot I don't think until you can download stuff, but I might use it every now and again when there's something I happen to miss.
     
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    If there's a way I've not found it yet. The URL's are certainly much better hidden.

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    Ha! Was that not the case with Spinal Tap's amplifiers? ("Because, like, 11 is one more than 10")

    In fact, do you think that's a bit of an in-joke or an easter egg?
     
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    LOL...!

    But yep... best to torrent them, I suppose.
     

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