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How I got BBC website videos to work again in Opera

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Ok, this problem was driving me nuts for a couple of months but I seem to have got it working again. I’m a VERY long-time user of Opera and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but I’m also one of its biggest critics. The great thing about Opera is also the worst thing about Opera - it’s so customisable that it’s infuriatingly difficult to figure out which setting is screwing something up.

I couldn’t understand why I had Opera (now up to v12.13) which steadfastly refused to even display the video block on the BBC website yet I had Opera Next on the same machine which displayed and ran BBC videos perfectly. I went through and checked that all the “Preferences” settings were the same in both browsers - hardware acceleration, ONLY the latest Flash plug-in installed, same extensions, same everything.

I also had Opera 12.13 installed on two other computers and they worked perfectly too. YouTube worked just fine on all 3 machines. I tried deleting cookies but to no avail. I even set the “non-functional” browser to never accept cookies and, perhaps worryingly, I still saw some new ones when I checked again.

I tried disabling the firewall, anti-virus, everything I could think of.

It was extremely annoying that I had to switch browsers to view BBC videos - the same if I want to do the BBC 7 days news quiz.

Well, how did I fix it?

Well, I’m not really sure which one of these did it but I had opera:config open in both the troublesome v12.13 and Opera Next, and went down all the settings until I found a possibly significant difference and then changed it to the Opera Next setting.

You should download and install Opera Next before you try any of these suggestions, and just check first that BBC videos work for you there too. You’ll need Opera Next installed to try the final two changes in the list below.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Changed the “Document” and “Figure” values in “Cache” to 10000 and 20000 respectively
  • Changed “Version” to “1” in “File Types Section Info”
  • Checked the “Enable Geolocation” box in “Geolocation”
  • UNchecked “Enable Cookies DNS Check” in “Network”
  • Changed “Plugin Ignore File” location to the Opera Next file location
  • Changed “URL Filter File” location to the Opera Next file location

I was simply trying to reload my BBC test page (one with a video on it) after each change, but still the video never showed. After making all the above changes I then also decided to try closing Opera and then re-opening it again, and guess what? It WORKED! Welcome back big black box with the spinning red “loading” graphic.

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[UPDATE - after an upgrade to Opera 12.14 I started getting a message about the wrong Flash version being installed so back I went to my trusty list of changes listed in this post, which I made to get it working last time.

The first setting I noticed which the upgrade had changed (at least, I certainly didn’t change it manually) was the version number in the File Types Section Info of Opera:config. I originally had this set at “1” but the upgrade changed it to “3”, so I changed it back to “1” again, closed and re-opened Opera, and the BBC videos worked again.]

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