updated 09:26 am EDT, Thu April 17, 2014
Bug may possibly be affecting other apps
Several UK-based iOS apps -- including BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, and Now TV -- have suddenly stopped streaming video, the BBC reports. The issue began last night, and is still ongoing; the source of the problem is so far unknown, as is whether other apps are also being affected. The director of Now TV, Gidon Katz, indicates that the issue can be temporarily fixed in Sky and Now by rewinding iOS' clock by a day, but that triggers other problems -- including preventing access to the App Store -- and doesn't solve the flaw in iPlayer.
iPlayer users are encountering errors such as "insufficient bandwidth." They can, however, continue to download episodes for offline viewing.
Katz' description could hint at expired digital certificates. Many iOS apps rely on Apple's SSL-encrypted HTTP Live Streaming technology, and a failure in the certificate system could cause widespread problems.