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BBC replacing Flash with own media player

September 20, 2012

The BBC is launching a new media player for users who use its catch-up service iPlayer on Android phones and tablets. It previously used Adobe Flash to stream content to Android devices. But Adobe has decided to remove its Flash player plug-in for Android.

In a blog post, the BBC said it would release the Media Player for iPlayer on Android next week. It has already started using it with the mobile view of the iPlayer website.

Chris Yanda, executive product manager at BBC Future Media, said the decision to go with a “separate application” was down to the “fast-changing environment” of mobile development. “We are making this change with our eyes open. No technology is perfect,” he added.

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