[Nottingham] BBC iPlayer - browser whitelist?

David Aldred david at familyaldred.org.uk
Sat Nov 8 11:04:31 UTC 2008

On Saturday 08 Nov 2008, Simon Osborne wrote:
> 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.

Hmm.  Perhaps I'll do that.  

Funny thing is that it was working until recently - the BBC must actually have 
taken iceweasel of their list!

David Aldred

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