Friday, June 27, 2008

Next generation iPlayer launched

The BBC has launched a new version of its online video player, BBC iPlayer. As well as various new features, such as programmes automatically picking up from where you left off, the new iPlayer also hosts BBC radio programmes. From the BBC press release:
Erik Huggers, the BBC's Group Controller for Future Media and Technology, says: "The next generation of 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.

"Audiences are now able to experience the full range of BBC content – some 250 TV programmes currently available each week as well as all the BBC radio networks – in a new and more accessible way, and all for free.

"On-demand radio from the BBC has been a phenomenal success since it was first launched in 2002, with around 600 million hours listened to via streaming or the 'listen again' function.

"The full integration with iPlayer is a natural evolution for the audio service and an exciting step for audiences."
Like TV episodes, radio programmes are now getting unique pages with information and links to playback online.

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