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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    And people said market share didn't matter, that and the lack of flash support in iOS

    If the beeb wanted to roll out to the largest number of people first then that is what they've done.

    Android 2.2 covers a fair amount of smartphone market share (htc desire / hd, samsung galaxy s, nexus s etc) as well as all of the android based tablets.

    I suspect the use of flash is due to the content already being in flash and that it scales nicely to any screen resolution.

    Having just tried it on my galaxy it is very similar to the iplayer mobile website, however there is far more content avaliable from various programs i've searched i can watch every episode of the latest season and not just the most recent one.

    However the download mode would be much appreciated, i'm guessing its the mobile providers that have blocked the usage as they all now have a 'fair usage' on there data plans which would be used up in a couple of hours of tv.

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Quote Originally Posted by keithwalton View Post
    However the download mode would be much appreciated, i'm guessing its the mobile providers that have blocked the usage as they all now have a 'fair usage' on there data plans which would be used up in a couple of hours of tv.
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    I can watch iPlayer on my iPhone, on wifi or 3g (with a trick). I have the website set as a homepage icon so its kinda like an app really, and it works really well.

    I'm on o2, so there is no formal policy to let you watch it over 3g, but interestingly the BBC only checks your connection when you establish your session, so if you start a session on Wifi, and then disable it/move out of range, you can still watch iPlayer over 3G. So I keep that session open and it works great

    Still on an unlimited plan so no worries about usage..i've never been slapped for it anyway.

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Installed and had a play with the iPlayer App today, and leaving aside the desirable features that are missing, it doesn't even work as well as the web site.

    iPlayer in the browser on the Galaxy S works fine, and the picture quality is reasonable.
    via the App though unless I manually change the video quality to low, it's constantly buffering (just like being back on dial up!), and the quality on low is far worse than I get via the website.

    If their excuse for using flash is to re-use the existing infrastructure, why is the App so much worse than viewing in browser?

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