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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2018, 02:16:50 PM »

On our 'Amazon Fire stick' we have the option to Sign in or press the 'Back' button on the controller to watch without signing in .  ;D
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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2018, 02:30:41 PM »

It is debatable, whether BBC conteht is free of ads.

i think it's fair to say it has "promotional content", but it's not "paid advertisement" and general consensus would be that an advert would involve payment of some kind in return for showing the advert.
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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2018, 03:42:12 PM »

You get most of that rubbish on BBC Terrestrial TV anyway so there's not much difference.

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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2018, 04:25:00 PM »

On our 'Amazon Fire stick' we have the option to Sign in or press the 'Back' button on the controller to watch without signing in .  ;D

Enjoy it while it lasts.  That was how my Panasonic TV App behaved too, until yesterday. :P

I would not be surprised to find that the iPlayer App on the TV had silently updated itself, to a version that needs sign in.  The Panasonic Firefox OS pretty much forces you to let it update Apps on its own whim. :(

I don't know if you have any control over updates on a Fire Stick but if you can, it may be worth making sure the iPlayer App does not get updated...
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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2018, 04:50:05 PM »

Maybe I am not remembering correctly but I had a feeling I was asked to update the iPlayer recently on one of my devices because the current one was not supported so if I do remember that correctly you may well find you have no choice.

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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2018, 05:01:30 PM »

Thought I’d sussed it.

After selecting Sign In, the App gave me a code, instructing me go to a computer and register that code.

But underneath, there was another option... “No mobile or Computer”.   Looked promising. :fingers:

A phone number was then presented, that would issue me a “guest” sign in code.  Better still, the Guest sign in would be stripped of all the “personalised features”, that I’m sure will just annoy me. :yay:

So I phoned the number and yeah, there’s a catch, the guest code is only valid for one day!  I’m guessing that this interface probably pays lip-service to some clause in the BBC charter that prevents them from restricting iPlayer to those with computers, without actually having any intentions of being useful.  :(
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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2018, 05:39:33 PM »

On our 'Amazon Fire stick' we have the option to Sign in or press the 'Back' button on the controller to watch without signing in .  ;D

I could do that that until just over a week ago. I held out as long as I could.
Within the past couple of weeks, both my Smart TV and the firesticks will no longer allow you to bypass the login.   


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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2018, 06:48:24 PM »

Signed for it myself last week ..... I need my fix of 'Only Connect' (The hardest quiz show on TV).  :)
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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2018, 07:34:02 PM »

(The hardest quiz show on TV).  :)

That doesn’t sell it to me, BS.   I need easy quizes. :D
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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2018, 07:40:21 PM »

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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2018, 09:20:52 PM »

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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2018, 10:16:48 PM »

Tonight, I’ve been playing some more with the Apple TV App.   I’d never given it any attention as the Panasonic TV already had an App.   But actually, I think I really like the Apple TV version.    Not only does it not require sign in, or even (apparently) support sign in, but the UI is infinitely better than the UI on my TV ever was. :)

With the Panasonic App, I never did figure out how to just stop playing a programme, exiting back to the previous page, so I could select something similar.   It always went all the way out to effectively, the entry page, requiring me to reselect from the menu then wade through several screens of unwanted icons, just to get back where I’d been.

Apple TV App on the other hand does the intuitive thing, gracefully unwinding back through the selections I have made.  So it is easy to just go back one level and choose (say) a different archive ‘Horizon’.

Long may it last, but I should probably prepare myself for disappointment. :(
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Re: BBC iPlayer
« Reply #27 on: November 09, 2018, 01:37:36 AM »

I could do that that until just over a week ago. I held out as long as I could.
Within the past couple of weeks, both my Smart TV and the firesticks will no longer allow you to bypass the login.   

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Watched 'Countryfile' and had to sign in on Firestick >:(

Edit, just tried iplayer on my iphone4, the app has not worked for some time but now can still use Safari without any sign in  ;)
« Last Edit: November 09, 2018, 01:58:08 AM by tickmike »
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