BBC website - can't watch videos

I just installed 11.1 with KDE on a Compaq desktop. I have not changed
any settings at all.

When I ran Firefox and went to news.bbc.co.uk and tried to watch a
video news item, a message came up on the website telling me I did not
have the right software. It offered various types of download. Very
technical.

I don’t know which option to select, and I don’t know what I would then
have to do to install it.

Has anyone managed to make this work? Thanks.


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Have you added the codecs yet ? have a look here ‘Restricted
Formats/11.1 - openSUSE-Community’
(http://opensuse-community.org/Restricted_Formats/11.1)

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  • rgbeal

they work here in Firefox. Install “flash-player” from Yast.

Uwe

I tried that but it made no difference. I’m not sure now but I think it
was already installed anyway.

I then tried clicking the link that appears under the video window, and
selected the option to download the .rpm from Adobe. That installed
automatically. It then played the video OK, with sounds and picture.

Unfortunately after 5 seconds it stops dead saying “This content
doesn’t seem to be working. Try again later”.

This is probably because I have the slowest working Internet connection
in the UK. Under Windows I can watch the video, but with delays while it
buffers. But under Linux it stops dead.

Any more suggestions please?


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More tests show that sometimes it does work. The live feed of BBC News
works, and some videos play OK.

An example of one that always fails is The best of Odd Box 2008 -
People. In fact all the Oddbox ones seem to fail. Odd.

I just tried it again and it is working now. Even odder.


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I am able to see the complete Video’s.
I have mplayer plug-in installed from packman repo and when i first
clicked on a video, i selected the windows media format to view the
clip.


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  • rgbeal wrote, On 12/27/2008 11:26 PM:

> I just tried it again and it is working now. Even odder.

Solved then? :slight_smile:
Could you please give me the exact URL of the video you are talking about?

Uwe

It did play once. Now it won’t play. Here is the URL:
‘BBC - Newsbeat - Entertainment - The best of 2008’s Odd Box - Food’
(http://tinyurl.com/7tdkvs)


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  • tusharjoshi wrote, On 12/28/2008 01:36 AM:
    > I am able to see the complete Video’s.
    > I have mplayer plug-in installed from packman repo and when i first
    > clicked on a video, i selected the windows media format to view the
    > clip.
    >
    >

Could you please check the URL rgbeal provided and verify the video plays on your system? Because it doesn’t here.

Uwe

I watch news clips every day on the UK site. :wink:

The URL for the one minute world news which i watched now is

‘BBC News Player - One-Minute World News’ (http://tinyurl.com/5p2vj6)

i took a screenshot but couldnt upload it.

send me your link i will check. the above link doest work for me too. I
am in US, could it have any thing to do with it ?

Cheers


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rgbeal;1917356 Wrote:
> It did play once. Now it won’t play. Here is the URL:
> ‘BBC - Newsbeat - Entertainment - The best of 2008’s Odd Box - Food’
> (http://tinyurl.com/7tdkvs)

This works fine for me.

I have written in this forum before about the BBC not allowing caching
of video. Andy (deltaflyer44), seems to be able to get caching to work,
but I can’t. I even made inquiry to the BBC and their statement was,
that caching was not allowed due to DRM psycho-babble.

As it is, most of the BBC stuff just lets you buffer a small amount,
then it stops. Which for you @rgbeal is a pain.
iPlayer will download if you install the iPlayer software, which I
think is available for Linux now. That at least will mean you can just
leave it on all the time and solve your issue a little, But it’s still
all DRM crap.


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(The URL is in my message on page 1 posted at 19:32.)

Sometimes it works. I agree it is something to do with bandwidth and
buffering. I have very poor bandwidth. Sometimes about 256 Kb, sometimes
512 Kb.

It works fine in Windows XP, so that can’t be the whole story.


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Good news. It just gave the same problem under XP.

So I conclude that my Linux problem is “solved”.


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You cannot view it, because of licensing restrictions in the USA. There
is very little information available about this. However BBC as well as
Deutsche Welle broadcasts are not available in the USA over the
internet. You must subscribe to them through a cable company as a pay
per view option. Here where I live in Florida BBC is available but
Deutsche Welle is not.


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Thank you for the suggestion, but that is not the issue. I can watch
some BBC videos, sometimes. The issue is that it gives an error if there
are too many delays due to poor bandwidth.

I live in the UK. Unfortunately I have the slowest broadband internet
connection of anywhere in the world. Typical throughput is 256Kb. Reason
is that I live 7.36 Km along the road from the exchange, and the wires
were put in decades ago.


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Dude, being so far from the exchange - you are never going to have much
joy. At least not watching on-demand via Flash.

On the other hand you can now install the bbc player which can download
programs. I don’t use it myself so can’t say much more. But it employs
P2P downloading, so you can just leave it running. Though be careful,
many UK ISP’s are ripp-off merchants and could hammer you for it.

My exchange is just a few hundred yards.:slight_smile: Full speed ADSL MAX.


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I know. My hope is that BT get approval for their FTTC plans. FTTC=Fibre
to the Cabinet. In my case the cabinet is about half way, cutting the
distance to perhaps 4Km. I imagine that will boost my speed to perhaps
1.5 Mb? IF it happens. Maybe by 2012.


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rgbeal;1932689 Wrote:
> I know. My hope is that BT get approval for their FTTC plans. FTTC=Fibre
> to the Cabinet. In my case the cabinet is about half way, cutting the
> distance to perhaps 4Km. I imagine that will boost my speed to perhaps
> 1.5 Mb? IF it happens. Maybe by 2012.

OMG. What is this country coming to?


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Glad i moved to Sweden got a 100mb/s fiber direct to my flat and a wall
socket in every room :smiley:
caf4926;1932798 Wrote:
> OMG. What is this country coming to?


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rgbeal wrote:

>
> I know. My hope is that BT get approval for their FTTC plans. FTTC=Fibre
> to the Cabinet. In my case the cabinet is about half way, cutting the
> distance to perhaps 4Km. I imagine that will boost my speed to perhaps
> 1.5 Mb? IF it happens. Maybe by 2012.
>
>

BT wanted to put fibre in roughly 25 years ago but were barred by the
government - they wanted commercial cable companies to reap the benefits.

Part of the poor performance isn’t necessarily due to distance but down to
economies BT took about forty years ago. They used aluminium for
connections instead of copper as the latter had become too expensive. These
aluminium joints have corroded and connections are breaking down. In this
situation, if you are on a BT broadband service rather than another ISP, BT
might swap a few lines round until you get a better connection - then
someone else gets the dodgy connection.


Graham P Davis, Bracknell, Berks., UK. E-mail: newsman not newsboy