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BBC iplayer trial

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by jonesy, 10 Sep 2007.

  1. jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

    I've been failing to get the BBC iplayer beta trial to work:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

    It is a real pain in the rs to install, with endless upgrades needed to Windows Media Player etc and have still failed to get it to work. The main problem seems to be (surprise surprise :blush:) with the Digital Rights Management system. So far I've only been able to download a single programme (taking over 4 hours for a 60 minute programme) and it won't play. Anyone else tried the iplayer? More importantly, has anyone got it to work?
     
  2. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    I downloaded the episode of "Waking the Dead" that I had missed and, much like yourself, I faffed about upgrading this and reconfiguring that (and the bugger won't work in Firefox) and I STILL couldn't get it to work

    So I am beginning to come round to simoncc's views re the BBC!
     
  3. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    I imagine it will be subject to some big changes given that the BBC are now having to make it available for operating systems other than Windows.
     
  4. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    I spend an age when I first installed it trying to get it to work. Nothing did the trick.

    Then later I went to watch something on 4OD, and found that it no longer worked. I know both apps share the Kontiki kservice and khost exe files, so I uninstalled and re-installed 4OD. It then worked, as did the BBC iPlayer !

    Always worth a try if you had 4OD on your machine before the BBC iPlayer.
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I must be getting old, I haven't got the faintest idea what you are babbling on about!! :blush::blush::ohmy:
     
  6. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    err....what's a BBC iplayer?
     
  7. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Location:
    Zurich Switzerland
    The service is pap, the resolution and quality is bad, it's slow, the restrictions are annoying and I can't use it outside of the UK.

    So bittorent it is then. I got 45min doctor who episodes in less than half an hour sometimes. Not that I'm condoning such behaviour you understand
     
  8. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    Nah, old is when you fail to get to grips with how to play the Yu-Gi-Oh card game which your 7yr-old daughter thinks is pathetically easy. :ohmy:

    I even went online and tried an interactive tutorial, but I got hopelessly lost and confused in about 3 minutes.

    She is not pleased that I can't play it or appreciate the electronic version on the DS Lite either...
     
  9. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    I'm on the "other" BBC trial. It's plagued by similar but lesser problems. I had the laugh of it saying a couple of times that I couldn't access it because I didn't live in the United Kingdom just like people have had on the iPlayer trial.
     
  10. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    You need to update both internet explorer and media player
     
  11. OP
    OP
    jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

    Indeed you do, then you have to update the various DRM thingies, then you have to update IE and the media player again, then you have to update the security again, then you have to try uninstalling then re-installing the iplayer, having deleted the downloaded programme that you couldn't play because the DRM wasn't up to date, so you start at square 1 again! The message board on the iplayer 'help' pages seems to have lots of people with a similar experience.

    I think I'm going to give up with until a better version is released; don't watch much telly anyway, it was more out of techno-curiosity that I tried it in the first place.