BBC fixes BT Home Hub auto-vomit bug
Olympic delay for iPlayer tweak
BBC engineers have solved a mysterious, long-running bug that has meant iPlayer and live TV streams have frequently prompted the BT Home Hub, UK's most common router, to reset itself.
The source of the problem has been identified after a lengthy, "tricky" search and a fix is currently working its way through the BBC's back-end systems, iPlayer and embedded media architect Andy Smith told El Reg. iPlayer catch-up streams of TV and radio no longer cause the crashes, while live webcasts of news programming should get the all-clear soon.
News video is delivered from a different platform to general TV catch-up, but via the same embeddable Adobe Flash player. Engineers did not want to risk software problems during the Olympics, which have been a huge hit online with office workers, so the news platform fix has been slightly delayed.
The BBC said the problem was shared by O2 and Be Unlimited's routers, which like the Home Hub are based on Thomson Speedtouch hardware. Testing also found that all Flash streaming sites caused the resets. Streaming is a less common method for delivering Flash video than progressive download, however, which is used by YouTube.
The fix for the "compatability issue" was found by tweaking an obscure undocumented setting in Adobe's software.
BT said the resets had only hit a "tiny number" of its 4.5 million retail broadband customers. The new Home Hub 2.0 has no known problems, a spokesman said.
Good rant mate, I agree entirely (I'm a software test engineer and I agree with all of what you said).
Not just routers - I've had 4 occasions in the last year where shops couldn't serve me because their tills were "down". Abbey National (spit) have replaced software systems recently and they are f(*&ing up all over the place - wrongly spelt names on cards, lost direct debits, the works.
And if this router was based on Thompson Speedtouch then it's not surprising it fell on its' arse - I had a modem based on that chipset which was frankly shite. Now I have a DG series router. Solid.
I knew HomeHub was just a cheap glossy front with cack insides!
BBC fix BT problem?
Why should the BBC fix "BT's Problem" ?
Isn't this just the BBC making a WORK AROUND for BT's problem?
Thanks for the recommendations, I may in fact go for Linksys.
And yes, iPlayer is bittorrent, it comes up with "7 sources active" or whatever which are the torrent feeds.
Which begs the question, will my ISP detect this torrent activity and report me to the BPI ....