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Old 12-18-2007, 02:11 AM   #1
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LXer: BBC iPlayer Linux screenshots


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BBC iPlayer after a lot of complains, petitions, talks and discussions is finally available for GNU/Linux as beta. I took a look at what BBC has prepared and in general I have to say: good job!

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Old 12-18-2007, 05:23 AM   #2
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So you can watch repeats on your computer of programs that you've already seen 4 times on your TV? No thanks.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 06:18 AM   #3
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So you can watch repeats on your computer of programs that you've already seen 4 times on your TV? No thanks.
No one is forcing you to use it if you don't want to!
 
Old 12-18-2007, 09:44 AM   #4
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No one is forcing you to use it if you don't want to!
I am!

Actually, this looks pretty good - there are a lot of BBC programs that I don't see (don't watch much TV) and this is a good way to see them. It also shows that if any other programmer says "sorry, we don't support Linux, it's not possible right now" we can point to the iPlayer and show that it is, indeed, possible. Anything which helps Linux play on an equal footing with those other OSes is good in my book.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 03:54 PM   #5
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Just looked at the site more closely. It turns out that it only refers to the web interface of IPlayer anyway, not as the misleading title would suggest a Linux version of IPlayer itself.

Since the web interface is just a plain web page with embedded flash objects, it will work with any web browser with a flash plug-in on any platform. The fact that the particular system these screen-shots were taken on happened to be running Linux is academic.
 
Old 12-19-2007, 05:36 AM   #6
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I suspect that the early versions took a look at your browser/OS and wouldn't work if you weren't on Windows.
 
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No one is forcing you to use it if you don't want to!
You never know these days...they might make it compulsory. Can anyone explain why it is that whenever the BBC puts their license fee up, the quality of the programmes declines. Could the fact that they're paying ****s like Jonathon Ross (sorry, Woss) millions have anything to do with it?
 
Old 12-21-2007, 07:06 AM   #8
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I just realised that not only does it not ask for any evidence that you have a TV license before you can view TV programs, there is nothing in the terms to say that you even need a license to use it.

I'm sure a lot of users will welcome a way to legally watch TV programs without having to pay the license fee.
 
  


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