This is frankly embarrassing if this is true…

I just read this on

Although SWF Verification is principally intended to serve as a barrier to piracy, it also blocks regular users from legitimately viewing content with open source video players. Fans of the popular XBMC media center application have discovered that the application can no longer be used to watch iPlayer content.

Yep I know all about this… But I never factored in this part…

The Totem BBC plugin, which was developed by the BBC itself in collaboration with Canonical and Collabora, is also apparently blocked.

If this is true, I’m frankly embarrassed. I will investigate whats happened on this front.

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