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    News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    And there are reportedly license implications.
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Meh, if you have flash anyway just go to the iplayer site & the mobile version pops up, I'm not sure what extra the app can/does provide?
    Myplayer on Android was great, download shows but that got canned after the BBC kicked off about it. They won't allow downloading as I imagine it's easy to then copy shows.

    As for the wifi issue, it's the same as it was before no? I'm on Voda & couldn't stream up until recently but it will destroy your data cap anyway as its about 120mb for 30mins IIRC.

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    ... As for the wifi issue, it's the same as it was before no? I'm on Voda & couldn't stream up until recently ...
    AFAIK there were a couple of carriers who the beeb approved for streaming over 3G, one of which was Voda (I've been with them for ~ 18 months now, so it's been possible for that long).

    However, making the "official" app use Flash on Android is ridiculous. For some reason Google and HTC between them have decided that my Magic isn't compatible with Flash - which I find curious given how easily it can handle video in every other format I've tried - so I'll not be able to use this. Bad decision by the beeb given that (as is quoted in the article) there've been several third party Android iplayer apps that have managed without flash...

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    Meh, if you have flash anyway just go to the iplayer site & the mobile version pops up, I'm not sure what extra the app can/does provide?
    iplayer works on iphone and ipad already (even without flash) - so there was no need to spend money on these apps IMO
    other than some boardroom bods saying "we must make an app".
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    I certainly couldn't stream over 3G/HSDPA at first & I've had my Desire for ~ 6months.

    The iplayer video wouldn't load & directed you to some page describing who could'couldn't stream, then it just started working form some reason.....strange!
    myplayer worked flawlessy, if slowy, over 3G/H

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Very disappointing - As others have said myplayer worked great on 2.1 and didn't need flash. But beeb didn't like it so stopped it and now I have nothing. Thanks Beeb!
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Licence fee shouldn't be needed, even for live broadcasts, because you are using a battery powered device.

    Very disappointing though. Shut down all the decent 3rd party apps then release your own one which a lot of people can't use. Great job...

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbouk View Post
    Licence fee shouldn't be needed, even for live broadcasts, because you are using a battery powered device.
    I'm not sure that's true.

    You don't need a license for:
    Any device powered solely by its own internal batteries (i.e. it is not connected to an aerial or plugged into the mains). Your main home’s TV Licence will cover this.
    As has been covered elsewhere if you just use it for catchup you can get away without one, but if you watch "live" TV, you need a license.

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    I'm still using myplayer (on 2.2) without any issues - I just haven't updated to the latest version.
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    How? BBC cut off the feeds so even the 'old' app stopped working (well, it should have done as it did for me & many, many others) !

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    I'm say here watching this on my phone now, using the myplayer app streaming over WiFi.

    No idea how it's still working if what you say is true - but it does and has done since I've had it
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Strange, when the dev first changed myplayer to a generic streaming app with BBC removed there was uproar, lots didn't upgrade and were sharing the old app.
    Then it stopped working altogether for me & from what I saw everyone else, I will need to look into this as I do miss it! Just wish you could queue downloads. Can you download shows still or just stream?

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Nope, no longer able to download anything, just stream live and or archived programs/radio.

    I'm running version 1.000 if it helps.
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    I just downloaded that version, noticed that downloading had gone

    That was the only use for me, if I'm near wifi I'm near a TV

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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Ah, it comes in handy for bath/toilet watching
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    Re: News - Users not impressed with iPlayer apps

    Wifi only is a let-down - Three saw fit to offer me a truly unlimited data service, it'd be a shame not to use it

    Not that I ever really watch iplayer, but I might be tempted to look into it. One more way to waste time though

    Plus, I would probably go so far as to say my wifi is less reliable, and certainly slower, than 3G.

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