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Firefox: enabling HTML5 for BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is now moving away from Flash towards HTML5, which is excellent news. But in recent versions of Firefox (e.g. 49.0) I found nothing was happening when I tried to play programmes. The solution is quite simple.

Select New Tab and enter about:config (the warnings about this being dangerous no longer seem to appear; ignore them if they do).

In the search box, insert "media" (without the quotes). Look through the list that this produces and find:

media.autoplay.enabled: false

Toggle this to "true" by clicking on it. Now you can exit about:config and BBC programmes on iPlayer will work correctly.


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