Have the beeb's files changed?

dinkypumpkin dinkypumpkin at gmail.com
Mon Sep 16 18:02:23 EDT 2013

On 16/09/2013 19:45, roadcone wrote:
> For ages I have been getting occasional TV in both flashvhigh and
> flashhd versions as available, putting them on to a memory stick and
> playing them through the USB socket of my Sony TV. Recently four titles
> have failed with the anonymous error message "Playback not available".

My unscientific survey suggests that the files have changed slightly. 
The number of reference frames used to encode flashhd has changed from 6 
to 3, flashvhigh from 4 to 3, flashhigh from 4 to 2.  The AVC profile 
for flashvhigh has changed from Main at 3.0 to Main at 3.1. Maybe one of those 
changes can't be digested by the Sony TV codecs for some reason.  I 
would have thought fewer reference frames would make it more likely a 
hardware codec would work.  No problems with newer files on Apple TV 3 
or Humax DVR.

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