how to watch BBC news video with html5

BBC news video usually requires Flash on a desktop browser. However, the BBC serves the video via HTML5 for some mobile devices. So, to force HTML5 for a desktop browser, send a user agent string for a mobile device, e.g.:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 4.4.4; en-us; Nexus 5 Build/JOP40D) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/42.0.2307.2 Mobile Safari/537.36

Tested successfully using Midori on FreeBSD. Changed the user agent by inserting the text above in the preferences:

  • In the top menu bar, select Edit → Preferences

  • Select the Network tab

  • In the Identify as box, Select Custom, and enter the desired text.

that’s all folks!
…dave
Wed Sep 5 08:05:49 PDT 2018