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No telly in your office? No problem, because the BBC has launched a live TV service for smartphones. BBC_Live_TV The BBC's Live TV service (left) also supports live radio (right) Although still in beta, the Live TV service is designed to let you watch a selection of TV channels, including One, Two and BBC News, live over a Wi …

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wacky jacqui influences BBC criminalisation progrom

Heh, have the BBC been taking lessons from the Home Office?

If the statement about watching TV on the phone is policed anything like the TV licence, then possession of a smart phone is as good as signing yourself up as a criminal!

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But...

Says my Nokia N95 is not a supporter device.

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Criminal offense

then they should require you to enter your license number (and a password) to watch it.

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Not working on Nokia E71!

Not working on Nokia E71!

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Cue BBC Hand-wringing

Roll out free live internet telly, then state to the government that people without licenses are 'stealing' tv. Bish hash bosh, a flat rate internet tax 'in case' you decide to watch tv.

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It's not just iPhones!

It doesn't work on my N95 8GB either... although I can listen the the radio 4 live feed directly from Real Player!

Paris - because it seemed like a nice idea!

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Scrap The BBC TAX!

You guys do know the BBC is only doing this because their pushing for an Internet Licence to replace the TV one?. I myself haven't paid them in 19yrs and never will because I hate everything the left wingers mouth piece does.

http://tvlicenceresistance.info/petition/

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G1

Well I just tried it with my G1 and got a lovely 'Your phone is not supported page'. Maybe they mean it'll work after the next update which is possibly bringing us Flash?

Or maybe not.

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Doesn't work

On my G1:

"Your device appears to be unable to support this service."

Shame really, it'd be nice if I could watch a bit of TV during my lunch break

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@Charles Tsang

"If the statement about watching TV on the phone is policed anything like the TV licence, then possession of a smart phone is as good as signing yourself up as a criminal!"

Unless, of course, you just buy a sodding TV licence and worry about the more important things in your life.

Bring on the 800 comments from the BBCtards.

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Boffin

TV driving licence

Tell me when it works then, to cancel my TV driving licence

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BBC goes live... over Wi-Fi

Does not work on my N95 - reports "Your device appears to be unable to support this service"

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Nokia

<picks self off floor because the Reg have covered a smartphone story that's not about the iPhone>

Currently only 5800 and N96 AFAIK, presumably because of DRM issues. My N95-1 just shows "unsupported".

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failed...

Just tried it on my iPhone over home wireless network and according to the beeb I'm not on a wireless network so they ain't playing. Just me?

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Wifi/smartphone only?

Since when did (or should) the connection methodology or the platform used matter? Why suddenly is it important to stream TV to wirelessly connected smartphones but still not a good idea to stream to wired PCs?

Let's see if we can't come up with a slashdot car analogy... Isn't this like selling petrol which will only power blue cars?

Oh, and when will iplayer-dl have a version to handle the live stream?

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Not working on Android

"Your device appears to be unable to support this service"

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poor quality

Considering we are only allowed to view over wifi at present, why the terrible low resolution? All the phones they currently support have at least 320 x 240 displays.

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Not working on N79

Has anyone got it to work?

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way old news

I've been able to watch live TV via the mobile BBC website for months on my X1. And to Andrew, you can watch live TV on your wired PC http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone/watchlive/

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omnia

works fine on the omnia, now all i need is a headphone cable that also allows me to charge it

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Doesn't work in Scotland

My Nokia via wi-fi over BT Broadband says... "Sorry. Programmes cannot be watched outside the UK. I didn't know Scotland had declared UDI

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HTC S620

Not supported.

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Gates Halo

So...

...they've put a very desireable service online, and then you're breaking the law if you use it (assuming you don't have a TV licence). Isn't that "Entrapment"?

Haven't managed to get further than the "only works on Wifi" thing 'cos I'm running over 3G at the moment, shame it doesn't support 3G but I guess the beeb doesn't want to ruffle the phone companies' feathers just yet.

I assume it will support Windows Mobile? Sorry, I meant "Windows Phone".

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Rant Alert!

Once again like the iPlayer this doesn't work on the Nokia N82 or the N95 it seems. 2 devices that are more than capable of running live TV. I'm gonna take a wild guess that this crap works on the N96, a device which is less powerful than the N82. So it seems the BBC have teamed up with Nokia to make it work on only the newest devices. So much for unbiased.

Rant Over..

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Not on N85

Says unsupported on N85 too.... why couldn't they just put it in the iplayer application, surely that can't be hard!

Doesn't seem to be somewhere I can enter my TV licence number with pride either to prove I'm not some sort of scrounger or foreigner.

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Almost...

I get all the way to choosing a channel (on an N95 8GB) but then get "Programmes cannot be watched outside the UK". Well, OK, I *am* outside the UK, but... Must get that proxy working

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I would like to know

where the author got the info that it will work with Android? AFAIK the G1 does not even support flash, never mind a browser which has streaming video support. Is there to be an Android App perhaps?

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So, another...

Platform I won't watch TV on.

Do people seriously have nothing better to do.

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BlackBerry Bold

Goes into media player, seems to suck down data then does nothing.

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Not working on Android ++

"Your device appears to be unable to support this service"

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Has anyone got this going?

I get the not suppreed message on my Iphone. I may crank up my old FSC PDA on WLAN. I bet it only works on WinMo handsets.

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in fact failed completely...

Just tried it on my laptop as well and seemingly its not on a wireless network either which is clever since I'm typing this on it.

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It works fine on my Nokia N96

Only two live programmes available, but they were in-synch and certainly watchable over my home network. Quite straightforward to use, too. The programmes loaded in Real Player.

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When is WiFi not WiFI?

Also getting the false error stating that I am not on WiFi when I clearly am.

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Blimey it works!

Works on a HTC Touch!

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Happy

Working on a LG Renoir (910?)

Works fine, small(ish) picture but for the news catch up would be fine. None of the radio links work as they are all 404s and no Radio 5 Live :( Which makes it crap to me.

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Fought the war for you lot....

Grumble, grumble, license, grumble, moan, license, grumble, WHY, WHY!!!, grumble, license, grumble....

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On my N96...

... it has been working for over two months now. Old news then.

Next.

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Coat

@various: It's not an error it's a feature.

When you get the warning about WiFi only, you just hit "continue" and it takes you through.

And to those complaining about support on earlier N-series devices; it's the same problem they have with iPlayer. You have to admit the access point handling on FP1 devices is crap, and how long do you think it would be before assorted numpties who don't realise the RealPlayer setting is different from the global setting ring the Daily Mail because they've run up a £3000 data bill? Although I'm an N95 owner myself, I do rather sympathise with the BBC on that one. Thankfully, the access point handling on FP2 and S60 5th edition is much better, but you've then got the DRM stuff to consider.

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Not wifi?

I'm sure my Wifi is Wifi.. unless it's some kind of transmission method previously undocumented.

Nope, definately says Wifi on the router...

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On wired PC's...

To Andrew.... I use this service on my wired PC, can't fault it at all!!

http://www.tvcatchup.com/

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Emo

TV License

I thought portable battery powered TV's were exempt?

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Blackberry Bold

Works fine using the Blackberry Bold 9000. I'm connected to O2 LLU Broadband (4mbit sync speed) via wi-fi, and it's streaming nicely.

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Wryel

Touch HD says no.

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Fail

To launch a service and not even post a list of compatable hardware/system requirements is an out and out fail - even more so when you're talking about a beta service that won't have blanket compatibility.

Nokia E90 says no.

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Why?

With the trend being toward larger and larger screen size at higher and higher resolution, why anyone would want to forgo such a thing and watch TV on a teeny tiny phone screen is beyond me. What's that you say? "Watch while away from home"? That's what DVRs and Slingbox are for, you twit.

Until they can wirelessly transmit images directly to my optic nerve, I'll pass, thank you.

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iPlayer

This licence issue - Does it apply to the iplayer and your laptop as well? I haven't seen to much on the subject

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Bold

Can confirm it works on the Blackberry Bold. Not too shabby either.

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IT Angle

Maybe it's just me?

But anything Real Player (on PC) related I'd much prefer to bodyswerve.

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Doesn't work on N810 either

Also says unsupported device

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