Monthly Archives: July 2014

BBC server outages

Since around 10am BST on Saturday 19 July 2014, the BBC’s iPlayer service started an extended outage, with fairly wide-ranging consequences.  The Register covered it, as did BBC News.

From the app’s perspective, the BBC servers have been either returning Not Found, returning a “no media” error code, or returning a page intended for humans telling them that the service is unavailable.  Unfortunately, the last of these does not parse correctly, and Listen Again shows a parse error: Reference to undeclared entity ‘hellip’.

These are all symptoms of the ongoing BBC outage, and should clear once the BBC resume their normal service.