[ubuntu-uk] iPlayer + Ubuntu + Firefox + Squid = Broken

Guy Thouret lists at thouret.co.uk
Sat Feb 7 18:41:36 GMT 2009

Hi Chris,

I connect through a proxy to watch iPlayer all the time (I'm currently
living in the US temporarily and have a server in the UK).  I get this
message quite a lot, mainly it's when trying to watch streams with the
'High Quality' setting.  Sometimes I need to refresh the page 2 or 3
times to get the stream to play, but I can always get it to play in
'Normal Quality'.  Another trick I have found is starting off playing in
normal quality, then switching to high quality after a minute or so.

I connect through a squid proxy and the only setting I ever change is
the http proxy setting in firefox.

If you have SSH access to any servers, you could try using your SSH
connection as a SOCKS proxy:

ssh user at host -D<port>  (I normally use port 9000)

Then clear any http proxy settings from firefox and put and
the port number into the 'SOCKS host' box and set the option to SOCKS 5.

This trick is also good if you ever want to encrypt your web traffic
from an unsecured wireless network.


PS. I have a current UK TV Licence so I am entitled to watch BBC iPlayer
even if my method of access is unconventional

On Sat, 2009-02-07 at 14:07 +0000, Chris Rowson wrote:

>         2009/2/7 Chris Rowson <christopherrowson at gmail.com>:
>         > Hi Harry, the only IP address on the network that can get
>         out to the 'net is
>         > that of the proxy. All traffic has to go through the proxy.
>         >
>         Try installing the user agent switcher addon for firefox to
>         make ff on
>         ubuntu appear as if it is whatever browser works on windows.
>         I have seen poorly configured squid proxies which look for
>         specific
>         user agent strings from the client.
>         Cheers,
>         Al.

> Thanks for the suggestion Al but unfortunately that didn't work (tried
> Windows + IE7 settings and confirmed it was sending that user agent
> out). For anyone interested, heres what the full header sent by the
> browser normally contains.... (according to whatsmyuseragent.com)
> I do manage the proxy so if it's mis-configured then it's my fault
> lol ;-)
> HTTP_CONNECTION:keep-alive
> HTTP_VIA:1.1 InternalProxy:3128 (squid/2.5.STABLE12)
> HTTP_ACCEPT:text/html,application/xhtml
> +xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
> HTTP_ACCEPT_CHARSET:ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
> HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE:en-gb,en;q=0.5
> HTTP_HOST:whatsmyuseragent.com
> HTTP_REFERER:http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=what+is+my+user
> +agent&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-GB:unofficial&client=firefox-a
> HTTP_USER_AGENT:Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:
> Gecko/2008121622 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.5
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