Thursday, 26 June 2008

All Seeing iPlayer

I really love the BBC iPlayer; knocks Channel 4's feeble IE6+7 only(!) VOD thing into a cocked hat - and so it should: licence fee money, public responsibility, blah blah blah. However, I see they are about to launch an updated version with combined TV/Radio, easier to navigate user console, ability to resume playback later, a series link style function on your personalised homepage, RSS feeds allowing for mashup potential (yeah!) and a 25% bigger screen. More details:

BBC Internet Blog: iPlayer 2.0

Anyone want to buy a telly? :)


  1. The more I think about it the more I'm wondering what they do about the licence fee... As soon as I can stream cricket and rugby off t'internet my telly's useless (and will be going, too).

  2. But as soon as we can do that, the entire infrastructure of UK telecommunications is screwed, isn't it? Bye bye net neutrality; hello £-per-MB downloads...

    Am I wrong?

  3. Have you tried this:


    Obviously it relies on a whole host of differing P2P clients (TVAnts, SopCast, TVU, PCast, etc) with varying degrees of success, although some of the streams are now hosted as an embedded flash player which works OK (sometimes...)

  4. Won't they just change the the way the licence fee works to include having a computer?

  5. I'm not sure they would be able to would they? Everyone that owns a computer for whatever reason would be obliged to contribute to the production of TV programmes?

    They'd laugh them out of court.

  6. Well we have iPlayer on our TV, and it works much better there than it does on the computer.

  7. That's with Virgin, yes? It's an excellent idea but I'm curious - how is it better? Resolution, choice, ease of use, speed of delivery?

    So we're actually moving towards "screen with content" aren't we. How it gets there - aerial, satellite, cable, broadband, 3G - is becoming immaterial to the end user. But, obviously, not to the people who own the transmission systems :)

  8. I also have it on my wiiiiii but that is a bit rubbish.