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Complain about this comment Comment number 1. Complain about this comment Comment number 2. I'm glad you're supporting a range of devices. But please remember it's not just people with iPads who hate Complain about this comment Comment number 3.
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At Complain about this comment Comment number 4. Personally I think the layout could be a bit more optimised for the iPad. The big screen mode shown works well for the likes of the PS3. For example on the PS3 it fills the screen, and big buttons compensate for the clunky use of the cursor via analog stick. The screenshot provided doesn't feel well optimised for the iPad I think. By no means take this as an attack against the iPlayer, I commend the teams behind this and I think your work on VoD is astounding. I understand that a lot of changes have occurred on the backend, and that this was developed by a small team in a small amount of time.
I hope there is more to come regarding iPlayer on iDevices! I'd like to see native apps, as they would fully leverage the features that the device provides. But maybe that's wishful thinking on my part! Keep up the good work folks. Complain about this comment Comment number 5. Complain about this comment Comment number 6. Complain about this comment Comment number 7. You see this is what's frustrating Are we ever going to get a Windows Media Centre iPlayer app?
Sky's already got it player on the Media Centre TV menu. Complain about this comment Comment number 8. But surely you can already watch iPlayer on WIndows anyway The iPad is a device designed partially for media consumption and which did not yet have any access to iPlayer. So it makes complete sense to make it available. And it's not like it's taken huge amounts of development - instead it seems largely to be based on an existing website. Seriously, iPlayer for iPad is going to be awesome Complain about this comment Comment number 9. Complain about this comment Comment number Its great that the BBC are supporting technologies other than Flash.
I'd love to be able to use a HTML5 version of iPlayer, is there anyway of using it other than forking out for an iPad? I haven't put flash on my computer for the same reason Steve Jobs hasn't put flash on iPads. So why do iPads get their own special version of iPlayer and I don't? What are the criteria for iPlayer to support particular platforms? Back when it was only available for Windows, we were told that was because Windows has the most users.
But that can't be the case for iPad - it isn't even released in the UK for another 8 hours. It would be nice if the BBC were a bit more transparent about how platforms are picked for iPlayer support. Or better still, allow developers to create iPlayer clients for their own platforms rather than insisting that every iPlayer client is built by the BBC.
Android apps were announced in Feb then questioned by the trust and cleared in April. What I can't understand is why the iPad app appears before a single iPad is sold in the UK legitimately, whereas Android is outselling iPhone. Surely its a no-brainer, given the Trust's clearance, to release an app for the fastest growing market. I think it's great that you're supporting the iPad I'm writing this on one now but this doesn't seem like a particularly good iPad interface - it's just the big screen interface with an HTML5 player.
I'd like to see a more tailored version which actually utilises the iPad's full resolution and plays video in full screen without the menu and address bar etc. Nevertheless, a reasonable start but please continue to evolve the site to properly suit the iPad just like it has been for other devices.
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Kenichi Udagawa wrote: Back in early April I was able to use the mobile version of iPlayer on the iPad. I made the mistake of mentioning this on a BBC forum, and so they went to the trouble of explicitly disabling it for the iPad it was just the iPhone site but looked great on an iPad. The 'Bigscreen' iPlayer is ironically a small window on the iPad when held vertically, it does not use native controls, and it cannot go fullscreen always has the Safari header at the top.
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Is that deliberate, or a just a short term thing? Briantist and others - I'm told we are definitely working on a version of iPlayer for Android - it hasn't been forgotten - some of the details are confidential for now but expect something in the next few weeks. This version of iPlayer will be browser based, rather than an Android app.
Nick, why does the BBC have to produce custom interfaces and media streams for each damn device?
By this time next year, BBC should have a HTML5 site, WebM for streams and ondemand files, Flash as a fallback that will play said WebM data, and an API so that developers can produce their own applications to display your content or integrate it into their existing stack. The current system of picking random devices you think the public will most be drooling over is… hardly transparent and mostly offensive to people still waiting for you to bring it to their 3 year old devices. As for the BBC Trust, why are they reviewing only smartphone apps, not portable devices?
Are they reviewing the influence the BBC is having on purchase-time decisions with respect to Apple products? Always seem BBC has products for those devices before release…. John Drinkwater: For those of you wanting to use iPlayer on the iPad in full screen just add it to your home screen click on the plus sign in Safari and access it that way.
The annoying thing is I don't think this would be hard for the iPlayer team to do. They wouldn't need to re-work a lot of stuff or even change the stream format - all we the Media Centre community are asking for is a front end in the same ilk as Sky have already done within Media Centre. Hi Guys, Sorry to say I have just been on iplayer on my ipad and its not working correctly. I don't seem to be able to navigate properly and have generally struggled. Do I need to change some settings my side or is there still some fundamental work to do on the "bigscreen" iplayer?
I think a lot of people with new ipads are going to be disappointed with the iPlayer. Having no easy way of accessing fullscreen, a search that prevents use of the touch keyboard and a lack of shows available where's Doctor Who?!
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I understand there are technical reasons but, in an ideal world, it'd be nice to have a cleaner interface, the option for HD shows and a full selection of programming. For some reason i can watch Doctor Who on my iPhone but not on the iPad, and with a much nicer interface to boot. Ok, I'm not too sure about this - maybe someone can enlighten me.
But surely if you just have an html5 video player in place of the regular video player that would do just fine for the iPad. Surely having the nine inch screen is big enough to view the iPlayer reasonable well and just changing from flash to html5 would suffice? You could then also offer html5 to computer users as well. Or am I missing something here? It seems to me that this would be a more future proof option? I hate to say it guys, but basing the iPad version off the bigscreen interface was, in my humble opinion, a big mistake.
I've just tried out the new desktop beta version of the iplayer site on my iPad. It works great. Great use of screen space, great navigation, and it seems to be completely functional including things like marking favourites save for just one thing: The site is usable either in portrait or landscape orientation - I have not encountered a single problem with it so far.
In contrast, the new iPad version of iplayer makes very poor use of screen space, when in full screen mode one cannot navigate backwards, making the site unusable when in plain Safari the address bar stays there whilst videos play, a making it unusable. New features like favourites are of course AWOL. I have yet to find anything that makes use of iPad gestures. Overall sadly it just doesn't work terribly well. It would have had a slightly better interface had it been based off the PS3 version of bigscreen, but sadly the less well featured Wii version is what we're presented with.
Seriously guys, how did it take 4 weeks to produce this? Given access to the bigscreen and iPhone code I could have knocked up what you have now in a day - at most two. I can only hope that the version released is a quick hack version and that the version with three more weeks work on it is coming soon.
At this point I'd rather be using the iPhone version of iPlayer on my iPad. Ideally though I'd be using a version based on the proper desktop version. A little history: Apple decided to use a format they have a license for, H. Opera agrees with Mozilla that browsers cant have those restrictions nor the Web be controlled by one organisation , so also chose Ogg Theora. Google felt they should support H. Google Chromium uses the FFmpeg library bundled, or system supplied one - depends , so it supports pretty much everything. They seem to have failed in this.
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Hopefully someone will fork Firefox and change it to use system frameworks, if they refuse to change their position e. Linux distros likely will develop the patches, if no one else. As you say, Google have since released the "WebM" format, royalty-free at least, from Google in perpetuity, and of any other claims to date. This is the On2 VP8 codec, in a Matroska-subset container.
It appears to be on a par with at least the base-line H. It already is supported in FFmpeg and hence Chromium and other products , Mozilla will be supporting it in Firefox too. Adobe also will add support for it to Flash. It's very sad to see the BBC collaborating so eagerly to destroy the web by promoting proprietary technologies in the very vain hope the latter somehow disrupts pirates. It is sad that many people whose devices support those open-standards, but not flash e.
Thank you both johndrinkwater and Paul Jakma. I was aware of all the different video formats such as H. In other words, I didn't realise it was so complicated to implement HTML5 and that was why it hasn't happened. Great but some shows don't seem to play? F1 Turkish Grand Prix. The qualifying plays ok but the race gives an error message - "the file could not be found".
The programme also plays with no problem on my iPhone? It doesn't say anything about what is supported or should be used. It's not hard to implement HTML5 video either, browsers have default controls, and it doesn't take much effort to create your own custom controls. If you want to verify this, change the user-agent string of your browser to the Apple iPad UA developer.
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Well before that time period runs out, Googles' WebM format should have equally wide support indeed, probably wider. Course, if recent decision making at the BBC is any guide, it will probably seek to continue to use the most encumbered and proprietary formats for its systems except of course for BBCs' favoured Apple products. Has anyone used this on an iPad? Double-press the home button to bring up the Multitasking Bar, which shows all recently opened apps.
Tap and hold on any of the icons in the bar until you see the icons start to wiggle. Then tap the little red minus sign on the icon for the problem app. This is particularly appropriate if the problem has occurred right after you have installed the problematic app. This is another quick thing to try, at least with most apps — it will not be so quick with apps that have huge file sizes. Then tap on the little red minus symbol on each app to manually close it. Those are the three easiest potential solutions. If none of them get your app to open correctly, some next steps to consider are these:.
If they are, then the issue may not be on your iPad but with the app itself.
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