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iPlayer on my E71... Win?

Today's the day the BBC iPlayer launched on Series 60 - well, on certain Nokia handsets only. These would be the N78, N95 and N96.
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Written by David Meyer, Freelance reporter on

Today's the day the BBC iPlayer launched on Series 60 - well, on certain Nokia handsets only. These would be the N78, N95 and N96. I have an E71.

So, I did a bit of googling around and found you could edit a javascript file, in rather simple fashion, to get it to work on the E71, as the Beeb did not intend (not sure why not). I did this, and finally got the damn thing to run... sort of. One of the few annoyances on the E71 is the fiddly methods you have to employ in order to force it onto Wi-Fi rather than the cellular network (the iPlayer, won't work over 3G yet - see my link above), but even then I get stuck on network timeouts.

So close, yet so far! And so much for my feeble first try at hackery.

UPDATE (an hour or so later): Success! The title of this post originally ended "... almost", but now ends "... WIN". A bit more hackery, to be found on the same thread-I-can't-tell-you-about-because-that-would-be-naughty, and the iPlayer is running beautifully on my Nokia E71. That's with Wi-Fi though, so I'm just going to pop outside to see if it also works over 3G, as the author of that code modification claims it will...

UPDATE 2: And the answer to the 3G question is "no". Also, after resetting my phone, the whole thing froze and I had to take the battery out and put it in again. Then (now) I had trouble getting it to work again, i.e. I was back to the same state as I was before the first update. So, the headline has gone from "...WIN" to "...Win?".

Bah.

UPDATE 3: It's working now. On 3G! Go figure. I think I got that working by setting the Nokia browser (I usually use Opera Mini) to always ask what connection to use, making sure the RealPlayer app is set to use the relevant connection (in this case the 3G network) and... hell, I don't know. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

What I can tell you is it works bloody well over 3G (well, HSDPA certainly). It's also very well suited to the E71's screen, both in terms of resolution and screen size. To be honest, it looks better on this than on the N96, where the low resolution is noticeable.

Anyway, if you are going to do hackery, do note it's at your own risk, it's not strictly kosher, and it won't work 100 percent all the time. But it is fun! Now, back to Never Mind The Buzzcocks...

ANOTHER BLOODY UPDATE: The video of the hacked widget in action is now up. And it's all working splendidly.

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