BBC - iPLAYER LAUNCH
July 27, 2007 7:27am CST
Today (27 July) the BBC launches its new iPlayer so that viewers can watch television for up to 30 days after the programme was broadcast. (or so they say). To register for the iPlayer goto http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayerbeta/ (uk only). Although this is still a beta version, all the BBC announcements state that it will be available from today. The problem is that you can't actually access this until you get an activation e-mail from the BBC, which so far hasn't arrived. This will be a good idea for people who go on holiday or those on shifts who miss regular programmes or serials.
22 Jul 10
I think that bbc iplayer is a brilliant little thing. I can't remeber how i lived having to watch tv when it was within a specific time. This way, i can just watch what i want, whenever i want to! Its a shame though, that some programs are not shown on bbc iplayer, notably family guy, but oh well. I think it is something to do with the licencing agreement of something like that. Because of bbc iplayer, these days i hardly watch tv, and i hardly watch any other channel either.
26 Jul 10
I-Player has been upgraded several times since I started this discussion. ITV's version however has been left behind and still doesn't always work properly. There is another site which offers live television - TV Catchup, which shows all the freeview channels live, it also intends to allow these programmes to be watched at other times as well. Not sure if you will be able to record or not (or if they record them), however this is still in the future.
• United States
27 Jul 07
How amazing. Now you folks don't even have to program the VCR. Wonder how long it will take us to get that one here? When I was a kid I had a brother who was very tall and looked older. He used to like to play hookey from school and have little adventures with his basketball player friends. They would travel around and since they looked older no one questioned why they weren't in school. At one point they went to the 1964 New York World's Fair and came back with an amazing story about touch button phones that were incredibly fast. Aparently they had an exhibit there with two phones. One person dialed a number and the other push buttoned it and they raced each other. They were astonished at how much faster the button phone was. Little did they (or any of us) know what was in store. Little do we know what's coming next. I know I'm getting a little windy here but this modern technology just blows me away. These things get obsolete so fast. I'm still adjusting to the telephones with the pictures and I guess they'll be old hat soon. Yeowza, if this keeps up we'll soon be teleporting physical things through the computer and the post office will be obsolete!
27 Jul 07
This is happening with other TV channels as well, ITV & Channel 4 are also available for various lengths of time after transmission. (I also have had some of the programmes available on Cable TV as well for some time). Only trouble is there is still very few quality programmes available to watch, but this does give the ability to watch the few good programmes exactly when I want to. The BBC iPlayer is free to those who pay the U.K. television licence, and according to the website they hope to make it available on BBC Worldwide eventually (although I think there will be a payment for that).