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    BBC to end iPlayer support for first generation Freesat boxes

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      BBC to end iPlayer support for first generation Freesat boxes

      I know many on here have freesat boxes, not sure if they are any of the ones listed below;

      A whole raft of first generation Freesat boxes, including some still available to buy today, will lose access to the BBC iPlayer in September.

      As spotted on the Digital Spy forums, and announced on the iPlayer website, the BBC has confirmed it won't be supporting the old MHEG-based version of its catch-up and on-demand service beyond September 2016. The move will affect some models only two years old.

      Meanwhile, customer service staff at ITV, which is the only other provider to offer a catch-up TV service on first generation Freesat boxes, have indicated there isn't yet any information on any changes to the current line up of devices supported by the ITV Hub, including first generation Freesat devices

      Some of the affected Freesat receivers are still being sold at various retailers such as John Lewis and Amazon, with iPlayer compatibility prominently displayed in the advertising. We're currently awaiting responses from manufacturers of the affected devices.

      Since 2012, Freesat has been offering a new service called Freetime, which offers a wider range of on-demand players from major broadcasters, including the latest version of iPlayer. Freetime users are unaffected by this change.

      The full list of devices, provided by the BBC:
      Affected devices are mostly first generation Freesat boxes, with some older Freeview devices in the list as well:

      Affected Freesat box list

      The BBC says that the decision to cease support is because it's not been possible to migrate older devics to a supportable version of iPlayer. It says that it's not "cost efficient to maintain the implementation of delivering iPlayer to these devices, due to the backend systems and technologies (often 3rd party) on which they depend."

      Over the past couple of years, the BBC has been moving devices to a newer platform for the iPlayer, which has added functionality, such as HD TV, live streaming and live programme restart, which isn't possible with the older versions on Freesat. A similar MHEG based iPlayer service - called the bigscreen version of iPlayer was phased out in 2014,

      Ultimately, those who were early adopters of smart TVs and set top boxes in the early part of the decade have found that various providers have now ceased support for their apps, fuelling a general trend for consumers to opt for cheaper dongles or boxes such as the Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast or Roku to add smart TV functionality to their TVs, which are generally well supported by broadcasters and are much cheaper to replace.

      BBC to end iPlayer support for first generation Freesat boxes | a516digital
      BBC official announcement:
      http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/v2_closure


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      Re: BBC to end iPlayer support for first generation Freesat boxes

      I may be wrong but it looks like some of the devices listed on the BBC page might be Sony Smart TVs?

      If so, it won't be the first time a Smart TV has been left high & dry by withdrawn app support. Probably won't be the last time either!

      I knew there was a reason why I decided against Smart TV....
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      Re: BBC to end iPlayer support for first generation Freesat boxes

      I have a Sagemcom Freesat PVR which is effected.

      It also has a placeholder text page for the ITV Hub which has never worked.

      I don't understand why the manufacturer can't provide a firmware update to retain compatibility with ongoing BBC IPlayer services but suspect that security may be involved as the PVR runs a webserver from which the URI of the currently playing IPlayer programme can be obtained which if used early during the programme allows the mpeg file to be downloaded to a computer, NAS or similar device.

     

     

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