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  • Message 1. Posted by Nick Byrne (U14335658) on Saturday, 20th November 2027 permalink

    I would like to see the iplayer support for HTML 5 Video - it is an open spec but doing something like youtube do (www.youtube.com/test... allowing an opt-in to html 5 version would be a great improvement. Using flash on linux and OSX is very heavy on the CPU and often unwatchable at high bitrates due to tearing and other issues.
    Since the BBC already produces h264 for all it's content anyway the only thing needed would be the html 5 version of the pages and js - i know it's not a small task but it would be one greatly appreciated by many uk linux and osx users.

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  • Message 2. Posted by The Phazer (U815970) on Saturday, 20th November 2027 permalink

    Given the complete lack of content protection in HTML5 no broadcaster will ever, ever use it for their online catch up service.

    Ever.

    BBC included.

    Also worth noting all the smart stuff the BBC does about adapting the bit rate for connections wouldn't work under HTML5 either.

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  • Message 3. Posted by Nick Byrne (U14335658) on Saturday, 27th November 2027 permalink

    First point on content protection, the BBC doesn't use it (after disastrous iplayer 1.0 windows escapade) and even if it did there are a number of ways around flash DRM so it wouldn't be worth the investment anyway.

    Also worth noting that the BBC does want to deliver it's content to as many [uk] people as possible, which is why i posted originally, HTML 5 video will help on platforms that flash either doesn't support or support well. It gives a user choice and thats what iplayer is meant to be about.

    On your second point, calculating a connection/users bitrate is really very simple and can be done in js equally as easily as it can be done in flash.

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  • Message 4. Posted by Guv-nor (U7476305) on Saturday, 27th November 2027 permalink

    Nick: If the link you provided is supposed to convince anybody you have failed it gives a 404 Not Found.

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  • Message 5. Posted by Nick Byrne (U14335658) on Saturday, 27th November 2027 permalink

    Link is not trying to convince anybody, just asking since this is a suggestions board

    :) here you go - www.youtube.com/html...

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  • Message 6. Posted by Mucx (U14414585) on Friday, 14th January 2028 permalink

    With the release of the iPad and many US broadcasters optimizing their sites for HTML 5 video (case in point CBS, ABC and National Geographic) the argument here is invalid as it can and should be done.

    The BBC should be looking at this as a viable medium to distribute content.

    Also: www.engadget.com/201...

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  • Message 7. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Friday, 14th January 2028 permalink

    The BBC should be looking at this as a viable medium to distribute content

    I'm sure they can look at it, but if they attempted to use it on iPlayer, all the content providers would revoke their catch up licenses from the BBC and iPlayer would be no more.

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  • Message 8. Posted by andyp363 (U14551334) on Thursday, 20th April 2028 permalink

    Gets my vote
    No offence cause I love iplayer but if I miss something I am to scared to rewind (especially on HD) most of the time it just stops working altogether and I have to reload the page.
    Have been mucking around with you tube HTML5 and it changes the time better than videos on my own PC.

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  • Message 9. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Thursday, 20th April 2028 permalink

    HTML5 doesn't have the ability to protect the content that it's providing so it couldn't be used with iPlayer.

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