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BBC iPlayer Coming to Wii



6:02 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The BBC's iPlayer video service will soon be available via the Nintendo Wii.

The video download and streaming service that lets people catch up with BBC programmes will soon be a channel on the hugely popular game console.

Early versions of the service will be available from 9 April but more polished software will be released as the service is developed.

BBC iPlayer Coming to Wii [news.bbc.co.uk]


6:39 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You can use iPlayer officially on Windows, on iPhone, now on Wii, on various foreign company products, but what about GNU/Linux with its significant British-made components? We have to use dodgy hacks because the BBC won't produce a cross-platform free software version. When will the BBC stop selling out and support us good honest decent hard-working British licence fee-payers?


10:13 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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you can get the iplayer on linux, you just can't download to your system (i assume DRM issues are to blame), you have to stream it from the website but it works great.


7:36 am on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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As far as I know, you can only get it on Linux x86 with Adobe's flash player. Another platform or another flash player won't work. BBC is vendor-specific, which really should be forbidden: it's the modern equivalent of requiring an EMI-Thorn TV.


11:08 am on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have iPlayer on amd64 Linux - works perfectly!

You can only download on XP, but all the other platforms you can stream, working around this is probably trivial (it used to be).


11:48 am on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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C'mon mikedee, don't keep me in suspense! How are you doing that? Is gnash working at long last, are you using x86 flash player on amd64 or are you using one of the dubious hacks?


1:48 pm on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I use the x86 flash player with amd64 browser with nspluginwrapper. I suppose it comes under dubious hack, but it works for me.

The other alternative is to just use the 32bit browser, its not like you want it to use over 3Gb of ram anyway... I am using 32bit Firefox 3 at the moment, but once its released I will probably go back to a 64 bit build, not that there is probably much difference.


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