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When Adobe announced the end of Flash for Android, it had a particular impact in the UK, as it was the plugin of choice for BBC's iPlayer video streaming service. With Flash for Android now officially discontinued for devices that haven't installed it previously (and all Android 4.1 devices), this is obviously a problem.

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Thankfully, BBC wasn't horribly slow to respond, and has launched the BBC Media Player, which allows all BBC video content to be played back Flash-free. The reviews aren't 100% positive (the rating of the app sits at 3.2 right now), but the general consensus seems to be that it mostly works. Given that Flash isn't an option going forward, BBC will likely continue to improve the Media Player app as time goes on.

You can grab it on the Play Store now.

David Ruddock
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  • atari130xe

    "This app is incompatible with your device"???? I have a Samsung Galaxy S2! :S

  • mesmorino

    What's the difference between this and the iPlayer app? That one still works fine in my phone (SGS3) whatever it's using, flash or no flash

    • Hal Motley

      This app allows you to store content from iPlayer and play it whenever you choose. Though once it has started playing it's only available for a finite number of time.

      • Iucidium

        You're on about the iOS one - the Android version doesn't do this - probably won't.

        • Hal Motley

          That would suck! But then again everyone at BBC (especially Watchdog) use iPhones anyway.

    • Iucidium

      This is the BBC's answer to future proofing iPlayer on Android - by using as little cash as possible and using AIR. iOS killed the budget and the free Macs/I phones/iPads swayed it...

  • wilks

    Note to ABC in Australia, if the Brits can do it, then so can you... no more "fragmentation" excuses please.

  • coversnails

    Its not really flash free, they've just packaged a version of flash into an adobe air application. Flash still works on jb devices it just can't be downloaded direct from the market so the BBC have made this app which effectively installs flash on devices that can't get it from the market.

    A stop gap measure at best, the problem for the BBC is that Android doesn't support the DRM they want to incorporate whereas iOS does, hence ios has a better featured app which includes the ability to download for offline viewing. Sad times :(

    • Iucidium

      Honeycomb upwards uses HLS (http Live streaming like iOS) the BBC are just too cheap and biased to code a decent app.

      • coversnails

        Less than a quarter of Android users are currently using honeycomb or above, so it would be difficult to justify switching to hls. Though I don't see why they couldn't introduce it but keep flash as a fallback for gingerbread users.

        • Iucidium

          Still no excuse - I forgot that giving away free iDevices creates allegiance.

  • Iucidium

    Streams in 260p regardless of resolution!
    ...wait, what?

  • grellanl

    Tried it, this is garbage. I really expect better from the BBC, or I would if they weren't so mono-focused on iDevices these days.

  • Iucidium

    'Thankfully, BBC wasn't horribly slow to respond'
    9 months AFTER Adobe's announcement.
    Overall rating: 2 stars.