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    News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    Reviewers haven’t given it a very warm welcome so far.
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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    Why not just give us the content that the iPhone users get? They have had no flash support since eh, the iPhone was launched.

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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    Quote Originally Posted by dcwt2010
    Why not just give us the content that the iPhone users get? They have had no flash support since eh, the iPhone was launched.
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    The BBC said lots of solutions were looked at; for example, Http Live Streaming (HLS) which is used to stream BBC media to other platforms. Unfortunately, HLS isn't supported on Android OS versions prior to Honeycomb
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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    I can see why this gets such a poor rating ...
    There are no configuration options what so ever (like quality settings) default is pretty poor quality as well.
    Still no download mode either, when will they learn that people will use there mobile for iplayer when they're NOT at home.
    Can we please have the option to download shows (automatically if poss) and then be able to watch them offline / on the go!

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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    To claim the content is subject to "Security obligations to media rights holders" is just a non-issue, it's a given that these are protected as much as they can be.

    I'm becoming more convinced the Beeb are Apple biased, they released a response as to why WP7+7.5 was ignored and why there are no plans for a WP8 app, and it's full of out-and-out lies, basically they didn't want to fund it.

    If they had a decent iPlayer app on any other platform I'd get rid of my iPhone which I only use for music and the iPlayer :\

    Is there not a universal streaming format between all the platforms? That's more the fault of the industry I suppose, maybe it's being held to ransom by some patent trolls?

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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    Quote Originally Posted by Blademrk View Post
    Because...
    The BBC said lots of solutions were looked at; for example, Http Live Streaming (HLS) which is used to stream BBC media to other platforms. Unfortunately, HLS isn't supported on Android OS versions prior to Honeycomb
    Irrelevant, the BBC shouldn't be so shortsighted; gingerbread is nearly two years old and ICS is making big gains by the day. Furthermore, most phones stuck on GB are probably low spec older phones that struggle with crappy flash.
    Don't get me wrong, I think we should continue having the option to use flash on mobile but if Adobe itself has abandoned it then we shouldn't go down with a sinking ship.
    In fairness, some of the older phones function fine and better with ICS; like my SGS i9000 so the real answer is to get those manufacturers to update their phones or let google do the job.

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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    So why not create a version that uses HTTP Live Streaming for Honeycomb Android users and above, and keep the old Flash version for users that don't have a suitable version of the OS?

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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    Quote Originally Posted by sykobee View Post
    So why not create a version that uses HTTP Live Streaming for Honeycomb Android users and above, and keep the old Flash version for users that don't have a suitable version of the OS?
    Sounds sensible to me. I guess its not going to happen because 1) BBC are short on cash currently, 2) BBC are far keener to support i-devices historically and I can't see that changing.
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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    well that sucks, guess its almost as bad as the Virgin media tivo bbc iplayer now! Flipping adobe need to die in terms of their flash dept , apparently BBC has forced Virgin to use flash version of bbc iplayer on the tivo since it can, instead of using their own service which is 1000000x better, you cant skip/fast forward properly and the quality is terrible.

    BBC is pretty shocking at supporting other devices other than iphones and basic tv boxes!
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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    I think the BBC should be called out for their blatant Apple bias... it's absolutely ridiculous when they claim to be impartial. I still can't install the iPlayer app on my Xoom, simply says it is incompatible...wtf?

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    Re: News - New BBC Media Player app to replace Android iPlayer

    Better than nothing I guess.

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