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Is it possible to get iPlayer for OSX Tiger?

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One Brain Cell Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
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Mar 11, 2013 2:47 PM

Hello all,

 

I really need to be able to listen to archived Radio programmes on the BBC website, but I don't seem able to. When I click on a file nothing happens.

 

At one point it said I needed to upgrade Flash, but when I tried that it said I needed to upgrade my browser, which I couldn't do.

 

If there's no iPlayer for Tiger, is there an alternative program that will do the same thing?

 

Many thanks.

iMac 450 (Indigo and Sage), iMac 600 (Snow), iBook 466 SE, Powermac G4 1GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 3:32 PM (in response to One Brain Cell)

    iPlayer does not support Tiger or Leopard, and officially not PPC Macs at all. BUT:

     

    I am in the same boat. With Safari I cannot watch flash videos on the BBC website or on BBC iPlayer, although all other flash videos (YouTube for example) are fine.

     

    For reasons that passeth all understanding, they work with the PPC version of Firefox, called TenFourFoxG5.app, once you have anabled plug-ins, as it does not natively support Flash.

     

    You can download TenFourFoxG5 from here:

     

    http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

     

    Now for the interesting bit: TenFourFox, like Firefox, does not support most plug-ins. Unless you are prone to headaches (in which case don't) you can read about that here:

     

    http://code.google.com/p/tenfourfox/wiki/PluginsNoLongerSupported

     

    But there is a workaround!

     

    Open TenFourFox and type in the address bar: about:config (no spaces) and click return. This gives you a warning that it might harm the application. Ignore that and click on 'I'll be careful, I promise' and you get the config file that you can edit - with great care.

     

    Look/search (scroll down) for: tenfourfox.plugins.enabled

    Set it to true. (Double click it to toggle it)

     

    Now close TenFourFox, open it again, and Flash will now work, as it now uses the plug-ins that Safari has stored.

     

    I am using Flash 11.5.502.55 in TenFourFox and it works just fine.

     

    But of course you need the proper version of Flash Player, so do this first:

     

    You can check here:  http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/  to see which version you should install for your Mac and OS. Note that version 10,1,102,64 is the last version available to PPC Mac users*. The latest version,10.3.183.23 or later, is for Intel Macs only running Tiger or Leopard, as Adobe no longer support the PPC platform. Version 11.4.402.265 is for Snow Leopard onwards.

     

    * Unhelpfully, if you want the last version for PPC Macs, you need to go here:  http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html  and scroll down to 'Archived Versions/Older Archives'. Flash Player 10.1.102.64 is the one you download. More information here:  http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/838/cpsid_83808.html

     

    You should first uninstall any previous version of Flash Player, using the uninstaller from here (make sure you use the correct one!):

     

    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/909/cpsid_90906.html

     

    and also that you follow the instructions closely, such as closing ALL applications first before installing. You must also carry out a permission repair after installing anything from Adobe.

     

    (If you are running a PPC Mac with Flash Player 10.1.102.64 and are having problems with watching videos on FaceBook or other sites, try the following solution which fools the site into thinking that you are running the version 11.5.502.55:)

     

    Download this http://scriptogr.am/nordkril/post/adobe-flash-11.5-for-powerpc to your desktop, unzip it, and replace the current Flash Player plug-in which is in your main/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder, (not the user Library). Save the old one just in case this one doesn't work.

    iMac iSight G5 2.1 GHz, QT Pro 7.7, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iLife 9 but prefer iMovie 6
  • dmfromgbr Calculating status...
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    Oct 22, 2013 12:42 PM (in response to Klaus1)

    Klaus1 you are an A1 superstar genius.

     

    This works.

     

    I'm watching iPlayer on my ten year old G5 single processor Power Mac for the first time since I can remember.

     

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)
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    Oct 22, 2013 1:58 PM (in response to dmfromgbr)

    Great news!

     

    Glad you got it working!

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