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Live streaming is not the same as autoplay and this change was probably intentional. Check about:config and see if there's a setting there and if it can be toggled.
I'd say it was simply a little programming bug inadvertently introduced by an FF developer. I can't so far find any other browser that makes BBC live radio iPlayer behave like this. Moreover it appears, as you say, to introduce a pointless reduction of the intended functionality, added to which it confuses as to the true nature of the problem (a status message indicates that the iPlayer app is perpetually "Loading..."), as a result throwing those of us trying to resolve the issue completely off the scent (at least, those like me who are IT rookies ).
Btw I don't know if my discovery merits congratulations as, as I said, I discovered the solution completely by accident.
Maybe. But see my comments above.
Can you suggest which about:config setting that may be??
The problem of live streaming of BBC radio programs in the BB iPlayer has disappeared, for me, with the installation of Firefox 52.0.1. Programs now live stream as intended.
Confirmed. I assume FF corrected their bug in this latest update.
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