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  • Message 1. Posted by Doge (U1496291) on Monday, 14th March 2011 permalink

    In a very recent presentation about the development strategies for he BBC, they say they intend to make Flash a main delivery platform.

    This should be changed, all digital TV uses MPEG4/H264 and it makes no sense to encode everything in a Flash container.

    Both Apple Macs and Windows browsers (IE 9) support H264 and this has become the preferred industry standard for video. Moreover there are hardware chips for H264 decoding, thus relieving the CPU of the task, and saving lots of power - particularly in portable players.

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  • Message 2. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Monday, 14th March 2011 permalink

    Hi Doge,
    I think the main reason that the BBC use Flash is because it provides the level of content protection that the copyright holders require for them to allow the BBC to make their content available.

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  • Message 3. Posted by Eponymous Cowherd (U13748135) on Tuesday, 15th March 2011 permalink

    ***"I think the main reason that the BBC use Flash is because it provides the level of content protection that the copyright holders require for them to allow the BBC to make their content available."***

    Which is completely pointless as the BBC will have broadcast *everything* that appears on iPlayer as unencrypted and DRM free MPEG2 streams (i.e. Freeview / Freesat).

    This futile attempt to shut the door after the horse has bolted merely irritates those licence payers that the BBC's Flash or Apple iPlayer policy disenfranchises.

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  • Message 4. Posted by colinbythesea (U14726575) on Tuesday, 15th March 2011 permalink

    It might protect copyright. However, I have just downloaded the latest version and on iPlayer desktop HD is just too jerky to watch. My broadband isn't quite fast enough to watch streaming HD. This is on all of our Macs which aren't the latest most powerful machines but will play a HD file, HD from iTunes and DVDs without a hitch.

    So Flash makes the iPlayer an unusable system for HD output.

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  • Message 5. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Tuesday, 15th March 2011 permalink

    Hi Eponympus Cowherd,

    Which is completely pointless as the BBC will have broadcast *everything* that appears on iPlayer as unencrypted and DRM free MPEG2 streams (i.e. Freeview / Freesat).

    That is true but the copyright holders demand that their content is protected on the iPlayer platform.

    However pointless it sounds, without content protection, there wouldn't be any iPlayer.

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    Hi Colin,
    The HD issue is a known one that doesn't currently seem to have a known cause.

    An issue with Jerky playback (streaming and download) appeared in 2010.

    After a lot of investigating, the BBC managed to track it down to something that had changed in the encoding profile.

    This was corrected and HD content was smooth again.

    Within the last few weeks the issue has appeared again and the BBC have checked again and it appears not to be the same problems as last time. The last change to the encoding profile was in 2010 and it hasn't been changed since but the issue has still re-appeared.

    Maybe it's got something to do with recent updates to Flash.

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