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New version of YLE Areena

asked 2015-03-31 20:14:38 +0300

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updated 2015-04-01 09:35:27 +0300

I'm pretty heavy user of YLE Areena, also with my Jolla (mostly audio in that case). The application has been available in Jolla Store, and works reasonably well - especially there has been no dependency to Google Services.

Now YLE has released a new version of Areena, which can be installed at least from some of these Android stores (Aptoide or 1Mobile, don't remember). But guess what: it requires Google Services to even start.

So, what are my options:

  • stick to old version and pray that it will work forever
  • install Google Services "hack" and hope that a) it won't break anything and b) Areena will be satisfied (will it?)
  • wait and trust that there will be fully Sailfish "compatible" version of new Areena one day in Jolla Store


No need to mention, that in a mobile browsers Areena has never worked.

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Send angry feedback to YLE telling them how they are wasting taxpayer money.

Next they'll probably require you to authenticate through Facebook or G+ to watch TV on their website.

vasavr ( 2015-04-01 00:06:38 +0300 )edit

it does work with g.servises.

FOMBE ( 2015-04-01 11:51:10 +0300 )edit

@FOMBE that's good to know. So, perhaps it would be worth installing Google Services only.

Upp15 ( 2015-04-01 12:31:06 +0300 )edit

I have complained YLE about the the videos on their web pages last year. They require Flash Player an can not be watched with Jolla browser. I am not sure if they understood my point of view, but I think Flash should be avoided on any platform.

jpek-m ( 2015-04-01 14:49:03 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-04-01 09:30:45 +0300

updated 2015-04-01 09:56:54 +0300

There will be a Sailfish native app, since YLE has a public API at Problem is they require an API Key. I asked for the key three weeks ago but haven't had a response yet. I hope anyone interested in developing an app will get an API Key eventually.

In the meantime, you could try the new version. If it doesn't work, stick to the old one.

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That's interesting to know! I just thought a while ago, that why don't YLE make a public API available, so that ehthusiasts could make - presumably much more advanced - clients for Areena.

Can't wait for one to become ready ...

Upp15 ( 2015-04-01 12:29:49 +0300 )edit

Just to let you know, the app is coming. I'm part of a two person team working on it. There's still some hurdles since the Yle API isn't completely opened yet and video playback isn't available at the moment.

If everything goes as planned and hoped, we should have a native Yle client working in June.

jaacoppi ( 2015-05-09 23:45:58 +0300 )edit

YLE API is now public and API keys can be requested, I got mine already.

Jukka ( 2015-05-18 14:46:15 +0300 )edit

Nice! I was just thinking to start looking at the YLE API in order to tinker something but now I can wait for the app. :)

joonne ( 2015-05-19 21:58:42 +0300 )edit

so, any news? android version of yle areena worked some time ago, but now it doesn't seem to work anymore.

edgar ( 2017-07-28 19:14:41 +0300 )edit
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