Mar 142016
 

The BBC will be stopping support, and therefore stopping an early version of the BBC iPlayer app on quite a lot of Freesat set top boxes.

This will happen in September 2016.

The Freesat models affected are those that are without the Freetime label.

If your version of iPlayer looks like this then you’re going to be affected:

freesat bbc iplayer

The BBC says

“We invest significant time and effort in maximising support for older TV devices and have successfully migrated many hundreds of different devices to the latest version of iPlayer for TVs.

However, unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to migrate older devices to a supportable version of iPlayer. It’s not cost efficient to maintain the implementation of delivering iPlayer to these devices, due to the backend systems and technologies (often 3rd party) on which they depend.”

 

The full list of devices, provided by the BBC: 
Affected devices are mostly first generation Freesat boxes, with some older Freeview devices in the list as well:

CompanyProductModel/ Year
BushFSAT+5002014
BushFSATHD2014
BushFSAT+5002014
BushBFSAT01HD2009
Bush7105 (320GB)2011
Bush7105 (500GB) model:

BU11FSRHD50

2011
EchostarHDS-600RS2011
FergusonF101HDSAT2010
Goodmans7105 (500GB) model:

GD11FSRHD50

2011
Grundig/

Goodmans

GFSDTR500HD (500 GB)2009
Grundig/

Goodmans

Grundig GUFSAT01HD/

GFSAT200HD

2010
Grundig/

Goodmans

GFSDTR320HD (320GB)2009
HumaxFoxsat HD2008
HumaxFoxsat HDR (320GB/500GB/1TB)2008
LogikLHDFSAT112011
LogikLHDFSAT112011
ManhattanPlaza HD-S2011
ManhattanPlaza HD-S22013
ManhattanPlaza HDR-S2012
PanasonicPAL092009
PanasonicPAL10 – TX-L37G20B2010
PanasonicDMR-BS850/DMR-BS750/DMR-XS3502010
PanasonicPAL082008
PanasonicDMT-XS3502009
SagemDSI86HD2009
SagemDTR94250S/DTR94320S/DTR94500S2009
SamsungSMT-S7800 (500 GB)2011
SonyKDL-ssV5800*2009
SonyKDL-ssW5810*2009
SonyKDL-ssLX90x*2010
SonyKDL-ssNX81x*2010
SonyKDL-ssNX80x*2010
SonyKDL-ssNX71x*2010
SonyKDL-ssNX70x*2010
SonyKDL-ssHX90x*2010
SonyKDL-ssHX80x*2010
SonyKDL-ssHX70x*2010
SonyKDL-ssEX70x*2010
SonyKDL-ssEX71x*2010
SonyKDL-ssEX603*2010
SonyKDL-ssEX605*2010
SonyKDL-ssEX50x*2010
SonyKDL-ssEX403*2010
SonyKDL-ssNX503*2010
TechnisatHDFS2009

Over the past couple of years, the BBC has been moving devices to a newer platform for the iPlayer, which has added functionality, such as HD TV, live streaming and live programme restart, which isn’t possible with the older versions on Freesat.

This could be one reason why Manhattan have phased out their Plaza HD-S2 Freesat set top box, and are expected to launch a new version mid 2016.

For people with these affected Freesat set top boxes, who want to continue to use the BBC iPlayer, then you will need to upgrade to a newer Freesat set top box, when available.

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