bbc talks android


And slam Matt's s2...

RCJ: Why don't you just forget the older devices and concentrate on new ones?

DD: "People write to us saying just that, why bother supporting older devices, why don't you just start with - and then they insert whichever model of phone they have. But more than a quarter of our requests to iPlayer come from devices running Gingerbread. And the number one device contacting us is still the Samsung Galaxy S2, which can't handle advanced video."

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 17, 2012 at 20:37

Obviously not someone who knows the S2 very well...never found a video it can't handle.

Pondlife  Dec. 17, 2012 at 20:41

And those are the people working on iplayer for android...
Reading it again makes me wonder if they even know that s2 isn't stuck on gb anymore

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 17, 2012 at 21:19

On the basis the Beeb don't even broadcast in full HD, I wonder what they're counting as "advanced video".

Pondlife  Dec. 17, 2012 at 22:13

They tried connecting it to a vhs copy of fawlty towers and it wouldn't play..

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 17, 2012 at 23:28

Having used the iPlayer app for Android, that wouldn't surprise me at all...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 17, 2012 at 23:57

Obviously not someone who knows the S2 very well...never found a video it can't handle.


Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 00:04

Inspires confidence in the people making the app doesn't it..

Considering the majority of their programming is less than hd anyway (and they still output ordinary quality on non hd channels for the rest) much lesser phones than the s2 can handle that output.

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 00:16

Nexus 7 handles the 1080p video from my camera better than the xbox and much better than netbook that makes it look like a slideshow and yet they both handle iplayer adequately.

Another bbc article on it, look at the photos for the improvement. Hmm.


Post 39 in the comments hits the spot for me

Though as someone else said in post 18 it's a shame they had to kill off ages ago two third party apps that worked better than their current offering does

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 00:47

I think I used to use something for iPlayer before the Beeb released their (sh*t) app. I can't remember for the life of me what it was called, unfortunately.

The S2 can easily handle high bit rate 1080p video, which is something the BBC don't broadcast live and also don't offer via their iPlayer service. Quite what they're going on about when they claim the S2 can't handle "advanced video", is beyond me. Until the Beeb start putting 4K (or higher) content on iPlayer, I don't think the S2's SoC is going to be challenged.

The only thing the S2 can't do is DISPLAY high-def video due to its 480p display, it can play it back, quite easily, though.

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 02:03

And the phone handles the fact it can't display it just fine.

Much (all?) of their blu ray output hasn't been 1080p either.


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