BBC tweaks obscure Adobe setting to fix iPlayer streaming
It has taken a while but a solution to the problems of version 1.x BT Home Hubs locking up when streaming video from the BBC iPlayer has been found according to The Register.
The problem was not limited to BBC iPlayer content, but any site that streams Flash video (YouTube avoids this problem by using progressive downloads for its video) and affected a number of ADSL routers based around Thomson hardware. The solution appears to have been not a change to the routers firmware, but by tweaking an obscure undocumented setting in the Adobe software. The fix has not been fully deployed yet, apparently it is working its way through the BBC's back-end systems.
BBC radio stations are available to listen to online, and only recently have these been absorbed into the iPlayer systems. This has resulted in the previous option of using Windows Media Player or Real Player reducing to requiring people to have Real Player installed. Alas a number of people have commented on the streams failing to work, or switching to low bit rate options on connections that otherwise streamed the content flawlessly. Others with these problems can be seen on the BBC's own iPlayer messageboards at www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbiplayer.