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[RELEASE] iPlayer - BBC Video and Music Plugin (UK only!)
Hi Chaps,

I had an auto update for hitchers repo come through last night on my ipad, and I thought great (iplayer perfect).... so I decided to also pop it on to the laptop as well, .... slight problem, I cannot find hitchers repo..... so I thought I'll uninstall from ipad (stupidly) and then see how I managed to do it last night at 2.30am.... well you've probably guessed I can't find it again...

Both ipad and laptop are running 12.2... Really not too sure how I managed to get the update for the repo in the first place, although ipad hasn't been on for a few weeks, but that still doesn't explain why I cannot seem to be able to install it the very next day.

has it been pulled...

Hitchers repo was v 5.0.0 (if my memory serves me)..

any help or guidance would be very much appreciated, and I promise not to uninstall it again.... lol

thanks chaps,
sadsack007...
Has something changed wthin iplayer recently? The plugin had been working perfectly for ages, but a couple of weeks ago it stopped playing - every time I tried to play something, it would hang on the "working" stage and wouldn't start the video, eventually displaying the "this item failed to play" error.

I did a complete reinstall of the OS (changed from Mythbuntu 12.04 to the latest XBMCbuntu), but the problem remained. I've managed to get it kind of working by changing the stream from RTMP to RTMPT and it at least plays now, but it buffers almost constantly and randomly stops the stream and returns to the menu.

I should point out that I'm in NZ and using my ISP's "Global Mode" service, which is some kind of witchcraft that has the same effect as going through proxies in the UK and USA. iplayer works fine through a browser on my (linux) laptop.

Now, I'm not expecting any answers from the scant info I've given above (I'll try to get a log file organised once I work out how), but I'd be interested to know if anyone else has run into any similar issues, or whether it's something to do with way my ISP plays with iplayer.
All good here in the UK so I can only guess it's a proxy problem.

I do have a small request for exobuzz though. Wink

Any chance the resume point can be cleared once playback is resumed from that point?

The reason for this is I listen to a lot of radio shows and have music set to repeat once it reaches the end but when using a resume point it starts from the same point and not the beginning of the show.

Thanks.
I had the same kind of issues with iplayer last week, but now seems a bit more stable. I am using overplay.net "smartdns" service, which does the same kind of "magic".
Sad 
No longer working for me

As of a few hours ago....

http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/feeds

This has nuked get_iplayer as well.

The Beeb was the only thing keeping us sane in this awful country (let you guess where).

Son is going to be very upset he can't watch CBBC any more - endless violent and banal cartoons with ceaseless adverts for stuff no-one needs, here we come :-(
+1 on this. Layout seems to of changed.

from the log:

BBC iPlayer feeds are no longer available. Nitro is the BBC's new programme metadata API. You can find out more about this here:

http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/feeds

API open to Devs :

https://developer.bbc.co.uk/nitro
It's quite intersting. The API is NOT yet open to devs - you can sign up for developer.bbc.co.uk but if you notice at the top of their page, it says "Open to BBC Employees only at the moment !"

So, they've killed one API before opening the other - rather stupid IMvHO.

Also, reading the dev notes it looks like they will be applying rate-limiting per key which probably means that you can't embed a single key in an app like this one and get away with ,000s of users using it.

They also talk about "talking to your BBC Representative" to access higher rates ! That sounds HORRIBLY like a sales-pitch....

Oh - and there are some VERY stringent app requirements, not just in the way it exercises the API, but also in the branding, age restrictions, etc....
Well the beeb have been actively (and failing) applying to DRM the content, I guess this is their answer.....
So is the BBC iPlayer XBMC add on not working at all now ?

I actually installed the BBC iPlayer android app onto one of my Fire TV's yesterday (just because I could) and have it as a shortcut on my XBMC home screen to call up the Android app and seemed to be working fine (plus had the nice GUI/graphics etc)

if the 'normal' XBMC add on is no longer working, that may be an option for some with Android boxes to try.

The BBC app has only just been released/updated so guessing that wont be affected by this change.
So, there is an alternate source of metadata out there that is already using the BBC Nitro APIs:

http://atlas.metabroadcast.com/#home

It's going to take someone with a lot more free time that I've got right now to incorporate this, but it does appear to be do-able.....
Live streams appear to still be working, but I assume it's only a matter of time before they are also non-functional.
Another alternative is to use Angelscry's Advanced Launcher addon, and configure it to launch "google.chrome.stable --kiosk http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer", as an example.

The same method can be used to launch the ITV Player, 4OD and Demand5.
Another option is to start the program you want to watch on an iPad or iPhone and then 'forward' it to your XBMC instance using AirPlay. If only XBMC's support of AirPlay was a little more robust...
Pretty typical of the BBC, the API should be available to any license fee payer who requests it and not just for BBC employees only.
If they want to lock down the service they should contact the guys at tvcatchup.com and ask them how they manage to block pretty much all oversees viewers of the service instead of restricting their API.
The XBMC addon is by far the best way of using and viewing Iplayer, I hope one of this sites enterprising addon devs gets it working again if not I think a concerted campaign of emails to the BBC regarding XBMC/Kodi access might be warranted.
(2014-10-30, 20:01)stammie Wrote: Pretty typical of the BBC, the API should be available to any license fee payer who requests it and not just for BBC employees only.
If they want to lock down the service they should contact the guys at tvcatchup.com and ask them how they manage to block pretty much all oversees viewers of the service instead of restricting their API.
The XBMC addon is by far the best way of using and viewing Iplayer, I hope one of this sites enterprising addon devs gets it working again if not I think a concerted campaign of emails to the BBC regarding XBMC/Kodi access might be warranted.

No - it's only available to BBC employees TODAY. They've already said they'll make it available more widely at different levels eventually. I just think it's a bit a**e-about-face to cease the old feeds before having the new system ready-to-go. I smell a software outsource contract here....

It isn't just about blocking content - it's about "branding." Yes, they don't want someone living, say, in the US that happens to be a Brit accessing iPlayer (which is just stupid - they could have a) made a much better channel than the flushing noise that is BBC America or b) just charged expats ~£200/year to use UK iPlayer - simps !).

BUT. Read the PDF about Nitro. They want apps to conform to a BBC Look-and-Feel. Instructions on the placing of logos, typefaces, etc. Remember - this is the age of Golgafrincham. Just making it work is no longer important - it has to be a "brand" or an "experience."

Bug*er - did my cynicism show then ? Big Grin

My guess is that Nitro will be very, very limited for the amateur dev (they have rate-limiting on the keys that stops you accessing too much information - imagine what would happen if you put that in the XBMC iplayer app and hit the limit per-day ?) and that only system written by the big boys/girls will get unencumbered access.

This is EXACTLY what happened with Project Canvas/YouView. It was also going to be nice and open until the large box vendors complained. Theory - you CAN get access to the YouView API, but you have to pay for it and your app has to pass "conformance" with Beeb.
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