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    Cant get BBC iplayer working no matter what I try

    HI Folks,
    Ive just upgraded to Oneirc Ocelot, much hoping this would resolve the trouble Ive been having with streaming video and audio - it hasnt.
    I can watch many youtube videos (and similar) but the BBC I-player (and others utilising what I think is SWF) seems permanently unavailable to me.
    anyone have any ideas?
    Cheers
    WR

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    Re: Cant get BBC iplayer working no matter what I try

    Strange! Apart from bandwidth problems I have had no trouble watching iplayer with Ubuntu for a few years now. I mostly use Firefox but sometimes Chromium. I also have Opera and Midori installed for the rare web-sites that don't play nicely.#

    Have you tried booting from a Live CD and going to the iplayer site?
    I was wondering if you had accidently blocked the iplayer with a Firefox add-on like No-Script or in a config file somewhere. If you boot from CD then that possibility will be eliminated

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    Re: Cant get BBC iplayer working no matter what I try

    Quote Originally Posted by coldraven View Post
    Strange! Apart from bandwidth problems I have had no trouble watching iplayer with Ubuntu for a few years now. I mostly use Firefox but sometimes Chromium. I also have Opera and Midori installed for the rare web-sites that don't play nicely.#

    Have you tried booting from a Live CD and going to the iplayer site?
    I was wondering if you had accidently blocked the iplayer with a Firefox add-on like No-Script or in a config file somewhere. If you boot from CD then that possibility will be eliminated
    The problem I had was that no matter which browser Opera, Chrome, Firefox, SeaMonkey or how many times I tried to install the air iPlayer package, it never seemed to down load.

    Eventually I installed the iPlayer on my Win7 machine and was given the option to save the file to the hard disk. Which I did.

    One quick USB across to my Ubuntu machine (10.04 - actually Mint 9) and the bbc_iplayer_desktop_v3214.air installed without a problem.

    BBC - just give the linux people the option to Save As ... it worked quite well in the past.

    Kevin Pugh

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    Re: Cant get BBC iplayer working no matter what I try

    BBC iplayer works fine here.
    Make sure you have the latest flash installed. Flashaid is a wonderful add-on, and as mentioned make sure no add-on is blocking you.
    Also for downloading programs get-iplayer is as good as anything and is in the repos.

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    Re: Cant get BBC iplayer working no matter what I try

    advice would be to use get-iplayer


    since there is no speed available in the UK that will handle a one hour program with no checking or stuttering [ i have Virgin 50M and still]

    if you use get-iplayer all that becomes irrelevant and the picture and sound are way better

    easy to use and then if you wish delete programs afterwards
    Last edited by shantiq; May 13th, 2012 at 09:02 AM.
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