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Morten Eidal | 22:00 UK time, Thursday, 27 May 2010

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So, it's finally here. The iPad. And one of the frequent questions over the last few weeks has been if and when the BBC iPlayer will arrive on it. Most of you will be aware of the recent discussions around Flash not being available on the iPad and whether html5 be the answer.

This has led in turn to questions about whether we're going to support Adobe or Apple. But we don't back any one technical horse. We care about making our services available as widely as possible: for our audiences.

In the past we have optimised iPlayer to work on a range of devices, and the iPad (exciting as it is) is just another device we are adding to the ever growing iPlayer device portfolio.

The iPlayer site you are seeing on the iPad is what we call the iPlayer Bigscreen site where a small team build browser based applications to deliver content. The same iPlayer destination being used for iPad also works for PS3, Sony BluDisc players, Cello TVs, and in the near future, multiple other browser based CE devices.

So, back to the iPad.  How did it all come together?

Well, when the FM&T division looked at the functionality of the iPad we saw that there were two key aspects that we needed to consider: suitability of the app to touch screen and (critically) high quality video delivery.  In this particular case, the Bigscreen site was decided as the best solution. It had already been in use for quite some time, so as a core solution it was easy to see that it was a good starting point.

Just four short weeks ago, the project kicked off with the Bigscreen team.

Knowing where we wanted to be by the time iPad was to be released in the UK, the main challenges Bigscreen faced were not only how to overcome the technical difficulties (e.g. optimising a site built for pointer or remote control driven navigation to iPad, utilising gestures and touch style navigation) but also how to deliver it very, very quickly with a team that contained just 2 developers.

So, we concentrated immediately on creating a continuous rapid delivery process which could turnaround the most business value in the shortest period of time.  Drawing from the Agile Manifesto, Lean concepts and a Kanban inspired framework, we developed a variation of a daily board which tracked dependencies, tasks and features in real time.  Instead of a daily standup, we had four very short status updates per day where rapid prioritisation and block removal was agreed and actioned according to the aims of delivery for that day, which then was tied directly into the aims for each week and realistically connected the team to the overall goal.

Luckily, this gave us rapid, real time agility that allowed us to quickly produce results and feedback continuously, working around and within limited technologies - discovering quickly what worked and what didn't and guiding us to realistic, useful solutions.

Within this process framework, the technical implementation initially progressed well. For example, the iPad gestures came together quite easily; however the playback solution was much more complicated and required changes in several backend systems.

We decided that the best route to implement our video and audio player was playback using the html5 video tag. This allows us to integrate the native player into our site, where we serve two H.264 flavours, one 1500kbps for the high quality video (default), and a lower 800kbps you can use if you are bandwidth constrained.

In any case, the result is the Beta version you can see right now - we really hope you like it - delivered by a small team of 5 within just 4 weeks and with the generous support of our FM&T colleagues despite being already busy with the UK election, iPlayer V3, and now the World Cup.

And don't forget, soon we will embark on incorporating the iPlayer V3 features for Bigscreen.

But that is chapter two.

Morten Eidal is Development Manager, FM&T.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    "But we don't back any one technical horse.We care about making our services available as widely as possible: for our audiences." - but still not on Android...

  • Comment number 2.

    very nice

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm glad you're supporting a range of devices. But please remember it's not just people with iPads who hate... erm, can't run Flash. Can the rest of us opensource / poor types get access to these streams?

  • Comment number 4.

    #1. At 10:36pm on 27 May 2010, SeamusTheDog wrote:

    "But we don't back any one technical horse.We care about making our services available as widely as possible: for our audiences." - but still not on Android...

    "making our services available as widely as possible"

    Have you bothered to ask why it's not on Android, rather than just (apparently) expecting it to be?

  • Comment number 5.

    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

  • Comment number 6.

    Your audience… that doesn’t even own iPads yet? Boggling.

    Could the BBC please not refer to ‘HTML5’ as some magical non-Flash alternative that gifts each user pain-free video viewing pleasure you’re going to offer… because it doesn’t, not with Apple and Microsoft ignoring all over browsers’ video codec limitation.

    Is the BBC going to produce a HTML5 video Web‣M or Ogg Theora site for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera users that don’t have Flash?

  • Comment number 7.

    "...iPad also works for PS3, Sony BluDisc players, Cello TVs... "

    You should change that to "BluRay" players.

  • Comment number 8.

    You see this is what's frustrating... you support these shiny new devices so you can grab headlines, but existing mature technologies such as Windows Media Centre are left wanting.

    Are we ever going to get a Windows Media Centre iPlayer app? (Sky's already got it player on the Media Centre TV menu).

  • Comment number 9.

    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 ... although I hope the top status bar/Safari address bar can be hidden from view somehow.

  • Comment number 10.

    Kenichi/#9: If the iPad is anything like the iPhone/iPod Touch, video itself plays full screen (or at least has an option to).

  • Comment number 11.

    "We care about making our services available as widely as possible: for our audiences."

    So why isn't there an Android app?

  • Comment number 12.

    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.

  • Comment number 13.

    #4: 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.

  • Comment number 14.

    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.

  • Comment number 15.

    I wonder if we can force a judicial review about the BBC supporting the iPad before Android?

  • Comment number 16.

    My system does not support Flash, but it does support HTML5 Video - so how come I still can't use iPlayer?

  • Comment number 17.

    Kenichi Udagawa wrote:
    "Seriously, iPlayer for iPad is going to be awesome ... although I hope the top status bar/Safari address bar can be hidden from view somehow."

    Sorry Kenichi, it was awesome, not anymore.

    Back in early April I was able to use the mobile version of iPlayer on the iPad. It worked beautifully, I could pinch videos to be fullscreen, and it had native playback/volume controls.

    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).
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbiplayer/NF7331806?thread=7430065#p95071118

    Now it seems they have wasted the last 4 weeks to produce something that is far worse than what they had before! 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).

  • Comment number 18.

    Briantist - rather than a judicial review you might prefer to contribute to the BBC Trust's consultation on the BBC's proposed changes to its On-Demand Syndication guidelines. You can find details here.

  • Comment number 19.

    Great... but it seems to have very very little content in it. Is that deliberate, or a just a short term thing?

  • Comment number 20.

    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.

    Note that The BBC Trust is conducting a review of the BBC's plans to develop smartphone apps. The BBC will therefore not be launching any Android apps in the UK pending the outcome of the BBC Trust review. This version of iPlayer will be browser based, rather than an Android app.

  • Comment number 21.

    Nick, why does the BBC have to produce custom interfaces and media streams for each damn device?
    Pick a platform, a codec, and an API, and say *come to us*.

    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.
    Yes, that may leave some out in the cold like Apple devices, but they’ve picked a system that’s not open to other choices beyond Apples, though it’s hardly as if other devices can’t get iPlayer either, XBOX360.

    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…

  • Comment number 22.

    Nick,

    The BBC does not need to work on "an iPlayer for Android" - you already have one: the iPlayer HTML5 video client. That will work just *fine* for Android, and many other platforms which the BBC has not yet decided to support.

    Why not just give people the option to access the HTML5 video version of the iPlayer site?

  • Comment number 23.

    John Drinkwater: "pick a platform" <- for a value of platform == "openly specified and available", then hear hear on your comment.

  • Comment number 24.

    no live content
    no personal settings

    maybe this'll come once the new beta moves over, but clumsy timing if so

  • Comment number 25.

    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.

  • Comment number 26.

    Kenichi

    Yes I can watch iPlayer on Windows, but Media Centre, whilst based on the Windows Platform is not Windows. The whole point is to have a UI that can be seen from way back on the sofa and interactivity that can be controlled via the normal remote and not a mouse/keyboard.

    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.

  • Comment number 27.

    Paul Jakma / #23, yes, I did mean HTML, but didn’t want to be inflexible as there are other openly specified and available systems. … and I don’t mean Flash :)

  • Comment number 28.

    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?

  • Comment number 29.

    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?!) isn't as great as I'd imagined it being.

    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.

  • Comment number 30.

    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?

  • Comment number 31.

    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. Fantastic. Great use of screen space, great navigation, and it seems to be completely functional (including things like marking favourites) save for just one thing: it's insistence on using flash rather than html5 video tags for video means that the videos don't play. 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.

  • Comment number 32.

    Impressed by how quickly this was developed - hopefully live radio is on the way.

  • Comment number 33.

    knack, what you’re missing is that HTML5 is a standard for web pages that doesn’t include what video format should be standard.

    A little history:
    Apple decided to use a format they have a license for, H.264.
    Mozilla wont/cant license H.264 because it needs per-seat fees but they wouldn’t be able to let people share the resulting application with friends (no downstream license), so Firefox chose Ogg Theora.
    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.264 (possibly to prevent people migrating to Safari), and also support Ogg Theora in Chrome.
    Microsoft hasn’t actually got to HTML5 yet.
    So that’s 3 browsers with Ogg Theora, 2 with H.264

    (Google has released another option, Web‣M, and Chrome, Opera & Firefox have support in beta releases. It’s better in quality than Ogg Theora, YouTube supports it, it’s likely the best option for futureproofing)

    So basically, that’s why saying ‘HTML5’ for h264 video is wrong.
    And also why it’s really confusing to see the BBC using H.264, actively harming the Web.

  • Comment number 34.

    johndrinkwater: Google Chromium uses the FFmpeg library (bundled, or system supplied one - depends), so it supports pretty much everything. I /imagine/ Safari uses some Quicktime framework and so can support the same range of formats it supports (and you can install extra codecs into it).

    Mozilla made the choice to directly incorporate specific format/codec support into their browser, rather than relying on a media framework/library. They did this for political reasons (it doesn't make technical sense), to try install Ogg/Theora as *the* web video format. They seem to have failed in this. Hopefully someone will fork Firefox and change it to use system frameworks, if they refuse to change their position (e.g. 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.264 codec for quality/bit-rate - the only profile of H.264 that is widely supported. 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.

    As for harming the web, I think using Flash is *far* more harmful than using H.264. There are *no* complete implementations of Flash, other than from Adobe. At least there are many independent implementations of HTML5 video and H.264, even if H.264 requires patent royalties (in some jurisdictions). Further, Flash does NOT support Ogg/Theora. And it will only ever support those codecs Adobe /choose/ to support (given that Adobe will always be able to stay ahead of 3rd party implementations).

    I.e. give me HTML5 over Flash any day, even with H.264.

    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's sad that the BBC *has* open-standard implementations of its iPlayer, but does its best to ensure they are only available for the products of certain favoured vendors (e.g. Apple).

    It is sad that many people whose devices support those open-standards, but not flash (e.g. Android), can not access BBC iPlayer even though the BBC *already* has the open-standards based player that would allow them access.

    Instead, the BBC *chooses* to *block* such devices from having access.

  • Comment number 35.

    Thank you both johndrinkwater and Paul Jakma. I was aware of all the different video formats such as H.264, Ogg etc. What I didn't realise was that the use of HTML5 required the support of the video formats, if you get what I mean. In other words, I didn't realise it was so complicated to implement HTML5 and that was why it hasn't happened. I still think with the many formats the BBC must use for iPlayer, having the HTML5 as another option wouldn't be that difficult to come up with!

  • Comment number 36.

    Great but some shows don't seem to play? E.g. 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?

  • Comment number 37.

    Knack,

    HTML5 video is format/codec agnostic. It doesn't say anything about what is supported or should be used. Just like the HTML img tag doesn't say whether you should use GIF,PNG,etc.

    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. Indeed, its so easy the BBC *already* have a HTML5 version of iPlayer. They just won't let any devices *except* certain Apple products have access to it!

    If you want to verify this, change the user-agent string of your browser to the Apple iPad UA (developer.apple.com has it somewhere) and you'll get the HTML5 iPlayer interface. You'll get an error when you try play video though, because it appears the BBC have gone *out of their way* to have the javascript of their HTML5 player try detect iPad devices and lock out all others.

    It's a good job no web browsers have built-in debuggers for javascript...

  • Comment number 38.

    Knack,

    Oh, to answer an implicit question of yours: HTML5 video has a de facto "can assume supported" codec -> H.264. It's available on pretty much all platforms, including free software platforms. It has some patent royalty problems, however decoder for web media are royalty-free for about the next 5 years, from MPEG-LA at least. 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).

  • Comment number 39.

    Simply thank you :)

  • Comment number 40.

    Has anyone used this on an iPad? The experience is horrible! Search is clumsy and cumbersome with no native keyboard input. The interface itself is tiny on the screen and it just feels very slow.

    For now, at least the video plays - is this what the BBC aimed for because as a bar, it's not very high.

    Come on BBC. Show us how good this could be!

  • Comment number 41.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 42.

    Glad there's a viewer, however treating the iPad like a phone is a little ridiculous. Any chance of an app which works like the BBC iPlayer download manager for the PC? ie to allow us to download the files to watch when on the move (planes, trains, automobiles, etc) ?

    Thanks

  • Comment number 43.

  • Comment number 44.

    I really need to replicate the full-screen functionality (upon accessing from bookmark) in one of my sites which has been specially developed for use on the iPad. It is an online art gallery of digital art. Does anyone know how to achieve this?

  • Comment number 45.

    Thanks to all of those involved in making the iPlayer on the iPad work, its great to use! Just one thing though, are there plans to enable Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad to be able the listen to live radio and watch live TV. It seems irrational that this service is not available on mobile devises but is on Desktops and laptops! If its a Flash problem maybe its time for the Beeb to modernise up to HTML5 just like CNN and many others have done

  • Comment number 46.

    I notice that on the iPad that you can watch / hear it again, but not watch/listen live unlike my laptop. Am I or iPlayer missing something here? I'm trying to set up a full-blown media player for my 90 year old mum (who is a great devotee of the BBC), using the iPad witch is far more convenient than several TV remotes and radios strategically placed around the house for someone uneasy on her feet.

  • Comment number 47.

    I love the iPad compatible iPlayer. Works like a dream.

    However, when I click on, for example, football match highlights on the BBC sport section, it doesn't launch the new player and complains that I don't have flash. Once out of Beta, will the player work on all video clips on the BBC web sites?

    What about the games on cBeebies too? Any plans to go HTML5 over there too?

    Keep up the good work on what must be the best set of services on the web.

  • Comment number 48.

    iPlayer is great. Thanks to the team behind it. However, I do not live in a city and so my broadband speed is very limited indeed. I therefore have to download from work to play later on my laptop. My question is - will I be able to download to play without interuptioon on my iPad? and if so, when? Thanks.

  • Comment number 49.

    I've been using iPlayer on my iPad for a which now and it does the job, but it doesn't compare for quality with video from e.g. films from iTunes . It feels like its been done in a rush and from e above it sounds like there's no real commitment to making it better Here are some problems I have with it:

    1 Most important is that the sound isn't synced properly with the picture. It seems to be about a third of a second out. This doesn't seem to be a problem with other video on the iPad. This makes watching people speaking very distracting. It seems a fundamental flaw.

    2. Even used full screen, the time bar across the top is still there and this is distracting.

    3. The slider to move forward and backward just doesn't work sometimes, and when it does it is not nearly sensitive enough to get to a particular point in a programme.

    4. All the streamed versions of iPlayer I've used, including iPad, sooner or later hang in the middle of a programme, however fast the internet connection - I'm using an unusually fast 50 MB connection here. When it happens it often keeps on happening and requires the programme to be restarted and then locate where it was up to. A download solution as on desktop iplayer is needed not just to make it possible to watch when no internet connection is available, but to avoid this problem which must be at the BBC end in it's ability to keep up with demand.

  • Comment number 50.

    Hi i am in australia, i am trying to use the iplayer on my new ipad but it wont work??? how do you do this?

  • Comment number 51.

    #post 50 Troyktech11

    You won't be able to play TV shows as they are Region Locked to the UK - but the Radio section should work.

    Cheers, daveac

  • Comment number 52.

    Is iPlayer going to be made available via Apple TV? You can get YouTube, Flickr etc, why not BBC iPlayer?

  • Comment number 53.

    Is iPlayer support on iPad ever going to be done properly? The current implementation seems like an absolute bodge, calling it "Beta" is generous.
    It's almost useless for me as it requires far more bandwidth than the standard browser or iPhone version, which exceeds my (by no means slow) ADSL capacity.

    And there's no option to scale the quality down to help it. And the browser bar doesn't hide while it's playing.

    Why not allow the iPhone version to be accessed by the iPad, as it apparently was to start with? This would solve all the problems.

    "So, we concentrated immediately on creating a continuous rapid delivery process which could turnaround the most business value in the shortest period of time. Drawing from the Agile Manifesto, Lean concepts and a Kanban inspired framework, we developed a variation of a daily board which tracked dependencies, tasks and features in real time."

    Blah blah blah. This says it all really. All buzzwords, no common sense. The bigscreen interface is dreadful as well.

    Please fix it.

  • Comment number 54.

    A quick look at the iPlayer app on iPad looks very good the only thing missing is the ability to stream from my iPad to Apple TV.

  • Comment number 55.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 56.

    All very nice, if you have an iPad. I have an iPhone4 and would like to stream video from an App on either device over AirPlay to an Apple TV 2.

    So, when are you going to enabled AirPlay?

  • Comment number 57.

    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.

  • Comment number 58.

    With the advent of iOS 4.3 will the BBC be adding the code that will allow users to watch iPlayer on their AppleTVs as part of the BBC's commitment to making iPlayer available on as wider range of devices as possible?
    (And despite the tone of the comment I am pro-BBC, but also pro-faster BBC app development).

  • Comment number 59.

    I've just realised that the iplayer app does not output video to the tv out function, only audio. This is on an iPad 1 iOS 4.3 by the way, using the Apple component cable. It used to work fine when iplayer was a web app via safari but not now it is a stand alone app. This is very frustrating as it's great to watch iplayer shows on my big tv from my iPad but now I can't any more. Other video out still works fine just not from iplayer. Any plans to fix this (please!)?

 

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