BBC trials HTML5 iPlayer on BlackBerry 10.3.1+

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HTML5 iPlayer using the BlackBerry browser

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced yesterday that their online TV catchup service BBC iPlayer is transitioning from using Adobe’s security-issue-ridden Flash Player plugin to employing HTML5 (the current standard code for creating websites) instead. Obviously, from a security standpoint this is great news for everyone; however this is of particular interest to BlackBerry users in the UK, as it will allow access to TV programs from the last 7 days directly from the BlackBerry browser!

(Yes, Biggly, you’ll be able to watch Doctor Who on your Passport! – Ed)

The HTML5 iPlayer will be accessible from the following Operating systems:

  • Blackberry OS 10.3.1
  • Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Opera 32
  • Firefox 41
  • Google Chrome on all platforms
  • Safari on iOS 5 and above

In a blog post, the BBC’s product manager for media playout, James East, added that the BBC was also going to “move away from the BBC Media Player app on Android devices” with users invited to instead join a limited beta test, which consists of simply adding a cookie to redirect the browser to the HTML5 iPlayer page and can be accessed here (click on the button to add the cookie, then you can access iPlayer via the usual link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer).
“We’ve been working for the last few months to upgrade our existing HTML5 player to make it usable on the desktop as well as mobile and tablet,” Mr. East writes, adding, “We’ll be working over the coming months to improve the HTML5 player to match the abilities of our Flash player and to refine the functionality and design based on your feedback.”

Will you be signing up for the Beta? Let us know in the comments!

Jon Hunnings

(Step-)father & husband. I code directly on my #BlackBerry devices, in between blogs! Contact me via Twitter: @BrizBerryDevs or via email: brizberrydevs@utbblogs.com

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