Feeds

Beeb says sorry after iPlayer network fail

Online tellybox shoots blanks

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Updated Some BBC licence payers struggled to access the iPlayer yesterday due to problems with the Corporation’s network connections.

Several readers contacted The Register to tell us that the online telly catch up service was on the blink.

“On Thursday 11 June 2009 there was a problem with our network connections. We worked hard to restore normal service as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused,” said the BBC on its iPlayer website yesterday.

We’ve asked the BBC to tell us more about what went wrong with its network, but at time of writing it hadn’t provided comment.

Some iPlayer users complained about the downtime on the Beeb’s forum.

“Something strange has happened with the BBC iPlayer, don't know if it's a Java update or on the BBC side but none of the browsers I have on either of my computers work with iPlayer anymore,” one reader told El Reg.

In April Aunty made a host of major changes to the iPlayer, by making some of its programmes available in High Definition (HD) and ending use of its clunky peer-to-peer technology.

Earlier this week BT hit out at the Beeb, claiming it was unfair that internet service providers had been shackled with huge bandwidth costs to help deliver iPlayer to its customers.

BT said in an email to the BBC's Radio 4 programme You and Yours that the Corporation and other content owners "can't expect to continue to get a free ride". ®

Update

The BBC issued the following statement about yesterday's downtime snafu.

"Yesterday evening an unexpected problem occurred following an update to a component used by other video playing parts of the BBC site, including BBC iPlayer. This meant that some users experienced some difficulties with the site. This was quickly rectified and the site is now working normally."

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION
Anal-retentive hardware nerd in paws-on workstation crisis
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.