[Nottingham] BBC iPlayer - browser whitelist?

Simon Osborne flibble at gmail.com
Sat Nov 8 10:09:33 UTC 2008

On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM, David Aldred <david at familyaldred.org.uk>wrote:

> So it looks as though the BBC won't serve iPlayer stuff to Iceweasel - can
> anyone confirm/deny this before I email them to ask what's going on?
> (I actually usually use get_iplayer rather than viewing stuff direct, as
> more
> often than not someone else in the house wants to watch it at a different
> time and I like to preserve bandwith!   However it'd nice to have the
> option
> without having to fiddle with user agents!

Yes, BBC iplayer go off the user agent. I believe they use this for the
iPhone/iPod as they get sent MP4 data instead of Flash Video.

As quite a few websites read user agents (online banking is one) it would be
useful to set your useragent as being firefox.

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