BBC iPlayer coming to Android – but only for 2.2 devices with Flash 10.1

The BBC has confirmed its plans to bring official iPlayer support to Android phones, but there’s one rather obvious catch – it requires Flash 10.1 to operate. Which means… only a handful of Nexus One owners based in the UK who’ve had the latest Android 2.2 update are able to use it without resorting to any hacking shenanigans.

Technically speaking, the BBC says it’s created a custom 400 kbps encoding stream specifically for best playback on mobile devices, also adopting the iPlayer Beta version‘s web-based Favourites tag so you’re able to access your shows with minimum of fuss.

This isn’t it:

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If you are a member of the UK-based, Nexus One-owning, Android 2.2 using, Flash 10.1-enabled Android SUPER-MINORITY, you will be forwarded to the new specialist mobile version of iPlayer when visiting the site from your Android handset’s browser.

Link via Techradar and Recombu.

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  1. MarkG

     /  June 25, 2010

    …or a Android 2.1 HTC Hero with the 10.1 hack….

  2. MrChaz

     /  June 25, 2010

    It’s a massive step backwards because now you can’t use 3G unless you’re on 3 or vodafone so a service that was working perfectly fine last week is now broken.

  3. Andy burns

     /  June 26, 2010

    I am UK based, do have an N1, have installed froyo, but don’t need flash because I installed beebplayer before it was pulled (or was it pushed?)

  4. Matt S

     /  June 26, 2010

    They C&D the beebplayer for this? Terrible.

  5. Mikey P

     /  June 26, 2010

    Did they C&D Beebplayer? I was under the impression the developer simply gave up when he realised the BBC was going to introduce official support.

    Mind you, I don’t think the developer ever said anything publicly one way or the other…

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