Wednesday, June 27, 2007

iPlayer Launching in UK

If you are in the United Kingdom, you might be pleased to know that the BBC’s on demand TV service ‘the BBC iPlayer’ will be launched on July 27. UK users will be able to download popular shows over the net seven days after broadcast to watch on their PC.

At the start the service will only be available to PC users, but Mac versions will be available later in the year, as will links from YouTube and other social network sites.

In brief:
· iPlayer will allow viewers to catch up on TV programmes for seven days
· Some TV series can be downloaded and stored for 30 days
· Viewers will be able to watch shows streamed live over the internet
· Users will not be able to download programmes from other broadcasters
· Classical recordings and book-readings are excluded from iPlayer

Programmes will include popular series such as Life on Mars; soap operas such as EastEnders and documentaries such as Planet Earth. Initially, 400 hours of programming will be available.

Source: BBC News