Some really good news thanks to Frosty and Elupus XBMC since SVN:20015 can now handle H.264 content from the BBC IPlayer.
The IPlayer plugin now supports 4 video modes:
- H.264 1280x720 3200kbps (720p)
- H.264 832x468 1500kbps
- H.264 640x360 796kbps
- VP6 640x360 512 kbps (previous max)
To access these new streams you will need an XBMC build with SVN:20015 (7th May) and probably a plugin update. The plugin and a suitable XBMC Windows build can be found at http://code.google.com/p/xbmc-iplayerv2/downloads/list
One other bonus of the fix to XBMC is that high quality AAC is now supported for Radio Catchup. This is selectable via the plugin settings and will fallback to mp3 if not available for that stream.
I havn't yet tested this functionality with an XBox so can't give any guidance on any of these H.264 streams playing on that platform. I certainly don't expect the 1500kbps & 3200kbps to play.