BBC unveils next-gen iPlayer

The BBC has taken the wraps off the second version of its hugely popular iPlayer, integrating radio with on-demand TV. The new version is still in beta and will run alongside the original while the finishing touches are added over the next few weeks. "The next-generation BBC iPlayer allows UK licence fee payers to catch up on their favourite BBC TV and radio programmes in one place, a completely unique on-demand service," said Erik Huggers, group controller for future media and technology at the BBC.

"Audiences are now able to experience the full range of BBC content - some 250 TV programmes available each week as well as all the BBC radio networks - in a new and more accessible way, and all for free." The iPlayer has been a huge success, garnering a reported 100 million downloads in the six months since its launch.

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The fee for BBC is £140.00 a year that I am forced to pay.

no offence to my English neighbours but the news is English news which I dont really care about and I am sure the case is vice versa.

the iplayer is okay not bad the layout is pretty good , I only watch doctor who and the recently finished Euro 2008.

The £140.00 year is not just for news tho so what's your problem...

I don't really like classical music that's on BBC Radio 3 even though I'm paying for it with the license fee but there's loads I do like so it's fine by me.

The BBC are one of the best media organisations in the world and the £140.00 is worth every penny. I just hope that the government does not weaken them anymore like they did after the BBC had a pop at the over the iraq war.

I must say they've done a good job on the new iPhone/iPod Touch interface. It's now much easier to navigate around, rather than it just showing you the normal interface and making you scroll around that.

Good job Beeb

(qbie said @ #8)
I must say they've done a good job on the new iPhone/iPod Touch interface. It's now much easier to navigate around, rather than it just showing you the normal interface and making you scroll around that.

Good job Beeb :)

q

Wow, you're right, I just checked it out, and it's MUCH improved! Really awesome layout for the device

woohoo! sounds great. i'll use my 20mbt virgin media connection to watch programmes over the internet! oh wait! TRAFFIC SHAPING HAS KICKED IN HALF WAY THROUGH :worried:

everyone in the UK who has a tv legally has to pay a TV licence, but what about people who don't have a TV. do they have to pay a licence to watch BBC programming on their computer?

(whYeNQue said @ #6)
everyone in the UK who has a tv legally has to pay a TV licence, but what about people who don't have a TV. do they have to pay a licence to watch BBC programming on their computer?

It's certainly an interesting one, but I'm fairly sure you don't need to pay for a license if you don't have a TV (or a T.V. tuner in your PC). The iPlayer is essentially free.

(whYeNQue said @ #6)
everyone in the UK who has a tv legally has to pay a TV licence, but what about people who don't have a TV. do they have to pay a licence to watch BBC programming on their computer?

You don't need a license to own a TV, just to receive a signal with it. My GF has a TV just for her Wii and the TV man always asks to check that its not plugged into the aerial, he's happy then leaves

(whYeNQue said @ #6)
everyone in the UK who has a tv legally has to pay a TV licence, but what about people who don't have a TV. do they have to pay a licence to watch BBC programming on their computer?

Someone asked this in the Radio Times' letters page last week and got this answer: you only need a licence to receive live TV, so streaming BBC Three and News (and shortly One) requires a licence, but iPlayer doesn't because it's not live.

"The next-generation BBC iPlayer allows UK licence fee payers to catch up on their favourite BBC TV and radio programmes in one place, a completely unique on-demand service," said Erik Huggers, group controller for future media and technology at the BBC.

Hang on - what?! I'm pretty sure the iPlayer was not covered under the licence fee (since it is not 'live' ), this is yet another sign of the BBC screwing over students.

(Kushan said @ #5.2)

I'm a student. I pay.

yes i was a student but didnt pay.. as i didnt have a TV. I didnt get a TV bcos i didnt want to pay license fee

(coolkat007 said @ #5.3)
yes i was a student but didnt pay.. as i didnt have a TV. I didnt get a TV bcos i didnt want to pay license fee :D

Anyone without a brain washing propaganda machine sitting in the corner of their living room is very wise. As for the License Fee, without doubt BBC make some of the very best quality programs. Unfortunately the also have huge quantities of mindless dross. As for the News, they seem to compete with all the other Main Stream Media, to keep people ILL INFORMED. Spend your money on a broadband Internet connection, and find out what is really happening with the NWO.

(ThePitt said @ #3)
UK only? fee?. No thx...

I guess you stopped reading at that point..

And I'm guessing you're outside of the UK and don't understand how/why we have a TV License.

Erik may think the BBC has a completely unique on-demand service, but I recently found a web site that streams the latest films and TV content, not just a weeks worth, but years of TV, mostly the better quality content. Hundreds of Dr Who episodes back to 1963! Watch the Skull version of Raiders of the Lost Arc, until I got board.

Why the copyright people haven't shut THEM 9all) down lord only knows, it's not exactly hard to find (Tip, it, along with other movie and TV streaming sites were listed in a certain Firefox plugin, which I'll let you find! ) I was astounded, and delighted in watching Captin Kirk, Dr Who, M*A*S*H, V-for Vendetta. Suddenly I realised having to pay for these content is not such a bad thing, as it makes you more selective about what you watch!

Works fine on my Xbox1 with XBMC. Not a gamer at all but own three Xboxs that do nothing but run XBMC. Best media player hands down. Only problem is the Celeron can't handle high def MPEG2 or h264. But I use it mostly for my music so it doesn't bother me. An Xbox can be had for $75 at any GameStop. Can't beat that. No need for chips, just do a soft mod.