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Hi All,

 

        After a recent update the ITV hub on an android box plumbed into my TV now reads 'Unfortunately DRM protected content cannot be played on this device. Contact the device manufacturer'. Does anyone know what DRM is or why it no longer works when for 3-4 years it's been perfectly ok?

 

       Thank you,

       Eva

       Technical Luddite 😉

 

(My android box is quite full therefore I had to delete several unused programs and reinstall others, inc TVMucho & ITV. I have express VPN too and was using it when the ITV hub failed this morning)

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Digital Rights Management. In simple terms, it's a technology used to control the use and distribution of copyrighted content. Access may now be restricted by your distributor after receiving a "cease & desist" order (or similar) from the content owner.

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On 9/8/2020 at 3:01 PM, evadgib said:

After a recent update the ITV hub on

What ver? 8.9.1 seems OK for me on a VPN.

 

Not doing so well with 4.102.1.22 for the BBC iPlayer at the  moment tho.

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14 minutes ago, Hamus Yaigh said:

What ver? 8.9.1 seems OK for me on a VPN.

 

Not doing so well with 4.102.1.22 for the BBC iPlayer at the  moment tho.

The problem seems to be with my android TV box. ITV hub still works via my other devices.

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 Most recent boxes have Widevine, but it is version L1 you need, and which is only available on higher spec ( higher priced) boxes, because it is a Google license.

 

Most likely the website will still work on your Android box if using Google chrome, and then you can add a shortcut to your home screen, so it looks and works similar to the app.

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On 9/12/2020 at 6:13 PM, Susco said:

Most recent boxes have Widevine, but it is version L1 you need, and which is only available on higher spec ( higher priced) boxes, because it is a Google license.

What should I look for in specs to see if the box has Widevine. I cannot seem to see it in the specs for the Nvidea Shield of Mi Box S?

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/shield/specs/

https://www.mi.com/global/mi-box-s/specs/

 

I have a 3 year old Beelink box that no longer plays the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub apks thro a VPN. I wonder if buying a new box will help with that? Cheaper the better so thinking of the Mi Box S? Will that work do you think?

 

Cheers,

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8 hours ago, WorriedNoodle said:

What should I look for in specs to see if the box has Widevine. I cannot seem to see it in the specs for the Nvidea Shield of Mi Box S?

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/shield/specs/

https://www.mi.com/global/mi-box-s/specs/

 

I have a 3 year old Beelink box that no longer plays the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub apks thro a VPN. I wonder if buying a new box will help with that? Cheaper the better so thinking of the Mi Box S? Will that work do you think?

 

Cheers,

Mi Box S is Widevine L1 certified, but has no Ethernet port, only WI-FI.

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10 hours ago, WorriedNoodle said:

I have a 3 year old Beelink box that no longer plays the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub apks thro a VPN.

Have you tried access ITV and BBC Iplayer through Google chrome?

 

On my non certified box the latest version of the APK's of Iplayer also don't work anymore, but the older versions still work, as does it work through Chrome browser.

 

Be sure to have an updated Chrome. If needed, uninstall Chrome and install again from Playstore

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For those that are confused.

 

Google chrome has by default Widevine L1 and DRM enabled on every box, because it is their own license.

 

You may need to enable play protected content in the Chrome settings, or reinstall with the latest version of Chrome

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On 9/12/2020 at 4:57 AM, Hamus Yaigh said:

What ver? 8.9.1 seems OK for me on a VPN.

 

Not doing so well with 4.102.1.22 for the BBC iPlayer at the  moment tho.

After a couple of false starts, BBC iPlayer appears to be back via Express VPN. Been over 24 hours now without interruption. Appeared to only work when selecting "London" node yesterday. I've since downloaded everything and everything since its return. You never know.......

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On 9/12/2020 at 10:57 AM, Hamus Yaigh said:

What ver? 8.9.1 seems OK for me on a VPN.

 

Not doing so well with 4.102.1.22 for the BBC iPlayer at the  moment tho.

BBC was back yesterday on Express VPN.

 

Sorry Polpott, I posted before I read yours.

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17 hours ago, Susco said:

Have you tried access ITV and BBC Iplayer through Google chrome?

Yes thanks. Both BBC and ITV player work through Google Chrome with VPN applied on the old Android box.

 

The apk apps don't work tho. The BBC app gets stuck on a revolving orb when choosing a show, and the ITV app says I must upgrade and my device isn't compatible. I also get similar failed results trying these apks on Bluestacks. Looks like only a hardware solution is the way to solve this I guess?

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