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BBC websites and iPlayers suffer weekend broadcast outage

Must be the season of the glitch
Mon Jul 21 2014, 10:03
The iPlayer wasnt playing this weekend

TELEVISION ON DEMAND viewers have complained loudly about downtime at the BBC's websites and on-demand offerings over the weekend.

This past weekend auntie Beeb took something of a holiday and prevented people from listening to The Archers on demand, and catching up with the yells and "leave it arrrrrrt's" of The Eastenders omnibus, and instead threw up a collection of nothing to see here webpages.

The BBC was off and on all weekend, and elicited a number of grumpy complaints from people that like sport, as a local chap won a golf tournament this weekend, and from people who care about what happens in Ambridge, Borsetshire.

We attempted to use iPlayer Radio on Sunday evening and found that it was broadcasting nothing but radio silence.

The BBC has acknowledged the problems in notes on Twitter and on its websites, but that usually does little to quell the ire of the disgruntled and expectant end-user.

"Apologies. We know some users are still unable to access @BBCiPlayer. We're working hard to resolve the issues. Thanks for your patience," tweeted the firm late on Sunday. This resulted in a number of replies, the first of which is a simple "FFS".

Unsurprisingly the BBC blamed its time in the wilderness of technology, which is as good an excuse as any, and splashed a brief explanatory message on some of its webpages.

"Due to technical problems, we are displaying a simplified version of the BBC Homepage. We are working to restore normal service," said the note.

We saw that message yesterday. A visit to the BBC homepage today will still deliver it on occasion. µ


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