[MPlayer-users] problem accessing BBC news site with mplayer plugin for Firefox

Bob Weeks bweeks44 at sympatico.ca
Tue Apr 1 22:30:16 CEST 2008


Thanks for clarifying this for me. Sorry I posted to the wrong 
project/application, and from what you say, I guess I won't trouble the 
folks at the other project, since it's being decommissioned.

I had figured out the BBC has (at least) two sets of data and the 
problem I reported was definitely coming from the International site.
But thanks for mentioning it.

You said (from below):

 > Also, mplayerplug-in is being decommissioned and being replaced with
 > gecko-mediaplayer/gnome-mplayer. Those apps will just about everything
 > at the BBC even in real player mode.

I hope there's a word missing there between "will" and "just",  like 
"handle" or "display" !!!

I'll try to figure out how where to monitor announcements about the 
gecko-mediaplayer/gnome-mplayer project.

I'm much obliged to you.

Bob Weeks.

Kevin DeKorte wrote:
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> Bob Weeks wrote:
> | Hello,
> |
> | I have been trying to resolve a problem with using mplayer plugin for
> | Firefox to access the BBC News site http://news.bbc.co.uk/.
> |
> | I do not *know* that it is a bug with mplayer, but I have spent months
> | on the Ubuntu forums trying to get it resolved.  There are also many
> | reports of problems with mplayer not working with the BBC news site (as
> | listed by Google), but this may reflect entirely on BBC's implementation
> | of their video streaming.  I have repeatedly contacted BBC with a report
> | of my problem, but it has never been acknowledged, much less resolved.
> | (I eventually switched to using RealPlayer, and while there were several
> | problems with getting it to work, BBC eventually resolved them, more or
> | less.)  It may even be a problem with Firefox, but I'm at a loss.  A
> | more experienced user on the Ubuntu forms suggested I report the problem
> | to you.
> |
> | First I should mention that viewers in the UK are NOT experiencing this
> | problem, which seems to involve the multiple playlists which the BBC is
> | using to pre-pend advertising to their news video clips for users
> | outside the UK.
> |
> | Below is the URL for the link from the above home page to the One-Minute
> | News summary:
> |
> |
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/nol/newsid_6900000/newsid_6903100?redirect=6903113.stm&news=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&nbram=1&bbwm=1&asb=1
> |
> | Their media player checks to see what player you have selected in its
> | "Preferences.'  For this test I select Windows Media Player.
> |
> | The first of two video clips is downloaded and plays successfully.  It's
> | an advertisement for Alliance Insurance.
> |
> | I believe it's played by redirecting to the following URL:
> |
> |
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsa/n5ctrl/summaries/world/bb/video/world_bb.asx?ad=1&ct=50
> |
> | If you put this in the Firefox address bar and link directly to it, the
> | advertisement also plays successfully. The second (news) video clip
> | downloads, but only the sound is played, not the video.
> |
> | If you remove the "ad-1&ct=50" from the above URL and enter it in the
> | Firefox address bar, the news video (without the advertisement
> | pre-pended) plays perfectly.
> |
> | I am not a sophisticated user, and have tried to provide the
> | documentation you requested for bug reports. as described in "A.6. What
> | to report Appendix A. How to report bugs."
> | (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/bugreports_what.html) One item
> | which I have not provided is the mplayer output (trace?) with verbosity
> | set to 1.  I could not figure out how to do this with mplayer plugin.
> |
> | Thanks very much
> |
> | Bob Weeks (bw44)
> | bweeks44 at sympatico.ca
> Bob,
> First of all mplayerplug-in is not part of the mplayer project it is a
> separate application.
> So asking on the mplayerplug-in list probably would have been more
> helpful than the mplayer or the Ubuntu list.
> That said the BBC sites have two sets of data. One set that is available
> in the UK and one set the is available everywhere. So you need to make
> sure you are using the international sites if you are outside the UK.
> Also, mplayerplug-in is being decommissioned and being replaced with
> gecko-mediaplayer/gnome-mplayer. Those apps will just about everything
> at the BBC even in real player mode.
> Kevin
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