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    BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    If I try to play videos on the BBC iPlayer website (or indeed any videos anywhere at bbc.co.uk) using Firefox running on my Raspberry Pi 4 then I get a momentary message saying that there's a missing codec followed by a message that says that the video is unplayable. Any ideas how this can be solved?

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    Re: BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    Hello.

    What OS are your running?
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    Re: BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    BBC is very proprietary about location.... I have the same issue on their site.
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    Re: BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    Isn't there some kind of special program you need installed to whatch BBC videos? Have you installed anything?

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    Re: BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    Ubuntu 20.10 for Raspberry Pi

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    Re: BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    No, I haven't installed anything. I can watch the videos OK from a web browser on an any other computer.

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    Re: BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    I've tried Chromium and it works so it looks like it's a problem with Firefox.

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    Re: BBC iPlayer videos not playing on Raspberry Pi

    You may need to enable DRM (Digital Rights Management) in FF. The checkbox is under Preferences/General.

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