myPlayer taken out by the BBC – latest app update removes BBC content

There’s been a bit of a disaster for fans of the unofficial Android iPlayer app myPlayer, with the latest version of the TV app removing all BBC material from its listings.

And BBC content was kind of the whole point of it in the first place, seeing as myPlayer provided a great way to watch and download TV shows from the BBC’s iPlayer site to your Android phone – recreating the “download” link that’s missing from the BBC’s Flash 10.1 mobile site.

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As you might expect, the Android Market comments are rather angry, while the maker has put a statement online here – outlining, rather politely, how his app breached the BBC’s terms of use and therefore had to be changed.

However, the latest version adds supports for live streaming of all UK terrestrial Freeview channels, so there is some good to come with the update. But DO NOT UPDATE THE APP to this new version if you’re a regular user of the iPlayer downloading features, else you will lose BBC access. But gain channel Five. Not a great trade off.

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  1. Unfortunely, the BBC still seem rather clueless. I think someone mentioned around the coffee machine that all Android 2.2 devices will have Flash 10.1, and thus work with iPlayer. Clearly they never bothered to confirm this, and still believe it to be true.

  2. The BBC continually invest in new apps for iPhone and iPad but have done nothing for Android. The Apple favouritism and blanking of Google from the Beeb is frustrating. Sure with Flash on Android you can stream iPlayer, but the picture quality is piss-poor compared with, say, YouTube.

  3. dan

     /  November 20, 2010

    Bbc are really becoming a pain in the rear. If they dont want 3rd part developers to create an app for us thats fine. But they need to make one if they insist or tearing down all the apps. Its not as if they dont get enough money from us.. Surly it wouldnt cost much for them to make us an app?!

  4. Rik

     /  November 20, 2010

    I hate the BBC handling of Iplayer. Yes you can use the website with flash, but its not as good, easy, or as quick as a dedicated app. Even Symbian has an Iplayer app!

  5. Spiny

     /  November 20, 2010

    He should open source it I reckon. Could the bbc censor soureforge?

  6. Tony

     /  November 20, 2010

    Looks likes its been pulled now? or maybe its my desire just not finding it since the latest t-mobile update, i dont think its been properly signed by google yet so missing some apps…

  7. Andy

     /  November 22, 2010

    Is there any way to roll back the update? I’ve learned the hard way that I need to switch off auto update on apps. I suppose there’s no prospect of Android supporting the BBC’s DRM, so they’ll allow downloads like they do on Nokia phones?

  8. John

     /  November 22, 2010

    HOW DO I ROLL BACK!!!?!?!

    • David

       /  November 23, 2010

      What I did to roll back was go to http://www.4shared.com/ search for myplayer.apk and download it. (There are two and I downloaded the most recent). I downloaded it to my HTC Desire, (I guess you can do it directly from the phones browser or send it from a PC. I mailed it to an account I can pick up on my phone and downloaded it to the SD card).

      I then found the file on my phone, selected it and was given an option to go to the app manager. I needed to temporarily set the options to allow none Market apps to be installed. Once I’d done this it installed just like the first time I set up Myplayer.

      HOWEVER………….

      On running the old version of the app Live feeds are now not available, I can’t search by category and I can’t seem to get to Radio streams at all. I can download or stream the favorites that come up on the front screen and use the search tool to find other streams.

      So it sounds like the good old Beeb have done what they intended, to a degree.

      But you can still stream and download over 3G in Myplayer so it is more functional than the BBC mobile iPlayer site.

      I’m not sure if these restrictions are down to something I’ve done as I’m not that technical but I hope this helps.

      • Joe

         /  November 23, 2010

        I have to disagree. I am running the old version, and I can still get Radio, Browse by category and get the live streams.

        But good old BBC – what fools they are. most androids cannot use flash yet, so cut off the largest growing smartphone sector. Wise!

        If you must cut off 3rd parties, then supply an alternative – you did it for iPad/Phone. Ohh – I forgot media types live apple, and spit on anything else.

        Well remember this BBC – we are your pay masters.

        • John

           /  November 23, 2010

          they dont care – paymasters my ass, it makes no diff what they do with out money, theres nothing we can do about it. like going up to a cop and saying hey ‘i pay your wages leave me alone’

        • John

           /  November 23, 2010

          they dont care – paymasters my ass, it makes no diff what they do with out money, theres nothing we can do about it. like going up to a cop and saying hey ‘i pay your wages leave me alone’

  9. Kris

     /  December 1, 2010

    The BBC need to remember who actually owns it, and who pays their license fees to get access to the content they produce.

  10. colin

     /  August 3, 2011

    In the last few days the BBC seem to have also taken steps again to stop get_iplayer program from working which I have used to “sideload” there programs for watching on the train before.

    It also seems impossible to give the BBC any feedback they shut the iplayer forums I see in May.

    I gues everyone at the bbc owns an ipad or shares in apple and so doesn’t see the massive number of license payers with android devices as worth supporting.

    Why would anyone use the bbc android iplayer app it doesn’t work off wifi so is useless for mobile viewing, why do they bother.

    As for rights management I can still record all these programs of the telly with an old VHS and no one seems to care but record something on your phone to watch later and the whole world has to try and stop you…….ok rage vented not like the BBC care.

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