BBC just launched a brand new version of their "BBC iPlayer" service for TVs. The new version gives audiences the control they want directly on the TV in the United Kingdom, in a design custom-built for the living room, so the BBC iPlayer experience feels just like TV.
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.
BBC iPlayer is now available on more than 300 different connected TV devices, and this new version - launching initially on Sony's PlayStation 3 - will be coming to many more TV screens in the coming months as BBC iPlayer evolves beyond catch-up into a complete connected TV experience.
The new version is:
- Just like TV - a new, simplified, highly visual TV-friendly design that is as simple as flicking through channels when watching TV
- Easy to use - vastly improved search to help you find programmes with little effort, quick access to programmes you choose as your favourites, and recommendations to help you find something new to enjoy
- Personalised - make BBC iPlayer your own by choosing your 'favourite' programmes, viewing previous search results, and getting right back to the last programme you watched
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.
In a news releated to BBC iPlayer,
According to the Daniel Danker is correct. Danker, the GM for programmes and on-demand, BBC still want to release the iPlayer on Xbox 360 in the near future.
During a interview with TechRadar, Danker was asked whether he found it frustrating for the service not to be available across all games consoles. His response was merely shrugging the question off, though he later went on to say this:
"We want to be on as many devices as possible. Of course we'd love to be on the Xbox because we want to get the iPlayer to as many licence payers as possible, which is pretty much everyone in the UK. We want to be on the cheapest level that you can have on Xbox, and not only for [Xbox Live] Gold subscribers."
Microsoft and BBC appear to be arguing over how best to make the service available. Microsoft wants the service to be available only to Gold members on Xbox LIVE, while the BBC want the iPlayer to be made available to all members.
Microsoft's supposed goal of monetising many different features on Xbox LIVE was also spoken of after rumors appeared online that Valve want to update Team Fortress 2 on Xbox 360. Microsoft apparently blocked the release of an update from Valve on the grounds that it was not a paid update for the game. Valve intended to release it for free, as all of their previous updates were free on the PC and Mac versions of Team Fortress 2. With The Orange Box having released on the Xbox 360 in 2007 it would be nothing short of remarkable if DLC support suddenly appeared for the game, almost four years after its release.