BBC launches new BBC iPlayer app for PS3/TVs

The BBC has today launched a brand new version of their “BBC iPlayer” service for TVs. The updated version has now been designed to make best use of the screen space provided by internet-ready televisions in the United Kingdom and comes with not only a much improved design, but also improved search options and the option of adding programmes to favourites.

The new version of BBC iPlayer has been released first for the PlayStation 3, with the option of “many more TV screens in the coming months” according to the BBC. One of the main changes to the PlayStation 3 version is that it no longer runs via the built-in browser, but via a new standalone app that also provides access to the BBC’s HD based channels.

The App is just 3mbs in size and all you need to do to get it is to restart your PlayStation 3 and then click on the BBC iPlayer link within the XMB. Once installed you have the option to choose from three varying video quality settings, HD, SD and Lower Quality. When watching a programme that is in HD, you also get the option to switch to a faster, lower quality version if you wish to do so.

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Playback is smooth now, definitely an improvement, but well overdue. It was always very jerky when BBC iPlayer was in the PS3 browser.

Any idea if this update fixes the iPlayer app's behaviour with PS3 DVD remote control? Currently there are a number of problems that mean you need the control pad nearby as certain stuff just doesn't work with the remote!

Chicane-UK said,
Any idea if this update fixes the iPlayer app's behaviour with PS3 DVD remote control? Currently there are a number of problems that mean you need the control pad nearby as certain stuff just doesn't work with the remote!

It's better - occasionally I have to alternate between the play & enter buttons, but I haven't had to resort to my controller yet

Xerax said,
Can't wait for the Xbox September Update, then we 360 fellow's get iPlayer.

Don't know where you heard this? Nothing has been announced about the TV offerings on Xbox 360 except YouTube?

Xerax said,
Can't wait for the Xbox September Update, then we 360 fellow's get iPlayer.

BBC stated today that is isn't likely to come to the Xbox as MS are still saying they want it for gold members only

I'm not really understanding why, but we seem to be sometimes seeing an old vandalised revision of that Wikipedia page. The proper page doesn't actually list those things.

Salty Wagyu said,
Still opens in web browser

it opens up in its own little app, but when it was running from the web browser you could exit the iplayer. i cant see anywhere to close this new app. pressing the ps button won let you exit.

the wii's iplayer interface is much better than this.

xSuRgEx said,

it opens up in its own little app, but when it was running from the web browser you could exit the iplayer. i cant see anywhere to close this new app. pressing the ps button won let you exit.

the wii's iplayer interface is much better than this.

Hold the PS3 button down to quit it.

raghavny80 said,
Bryan, Is this a UK only release or an International / US release?

its UK ONLY! if you want to watch uk tv then move here and pay the licnece fee. sick and tired of people who think they can just steal tv from the bbc.

xSuRgEx, no need to get quite so defensive. It could quite possibly be going international (eventually), with an annual fee.

xSuRgEx said,

its UK ONLY! if you want to watch uk tv then move here and pay the licnece fee. sick and tired of people who think they can just steal tv from the bbc.

Sick of people always mentioning the licence fee every time someone mentions iPlayer.

Quick reminder: license fee is for watching live TV (or having the ability to do so). If live TV is included in those versions, I'm pretty sure you do need a license.

]SK[ there's good reason for the license fee to be mentioned with regards iPlayer, it's a major consideration. Thus why international iPlayer would generally require a fee of some sort.

MarkusDarkus said,
Yess! Hopefully now I can watch iPlayer without the PS3 dimming the screen half way through because it thinks it's idle.

you could have turned of the screen saver, not an ideal sloution but better than havving to keep pressing a button when it dims.

xSuRgEx said,

you could have turned of the screen saver, not an ideal sloution but better than havving to keep pressing a button when it dims.

Or you could just buy a console that doesn't fail on every level.

AFineFrenzy said,

Or you could just buy a console that doesn't fail on every level.

Yeah I mean, offering all these options for everyone for FREE is such a bad idea. The PS3 doesn't fail on many levels tbh. I can't say that I have ever bought another product that has offered me so much.

Wombatt said,
Will Internet TV's and a like need a Firmware update, or is it web based?

Unknown for internet TV's - but I'd say a firmware update or a refresh of internet content will be needed as its quite a change.

Wombatt said,
Will Internet TV's and a like need a Firmware update, or is it web based?

you will proberly have to get the update form your tvs app store.

xSuRgEx said,

you will proberly have to get the update form your tvs app store.

What about Sony Internet TV's and blu ray players no need on them for an app platform as such Facebook twitter YouTube Skype Iplayer everything is built in?

Sylar2010 said,

What about Sony Internet TV's and blu ray players no need on them for an app platform as such Facebook twitter YouTube Skype Iplayer everything is built in?

well i guess when you try to run it on your other sony device it will ask u to update like it does on the ps3 :-O