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BBC launches beta version of all-new iPlayer 2.0

by Parm Mann on 27 June 2008, 12:12

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BBC's iPlayer service has risen to fame ever since it left Beta and went live on December 25, 2007. Now, there's a new Beta available and the BBC is introducing a host of useful new features.

The new iPlayer is said to have been based on user feedback and currently goes by the name of iPlayer 2.0. Its key new features are described by the BBC as follows:

  • BBC radio and TV programmes now all in the same place
  • Radio programmes now in high-quality stereo
  • Bigger playback window
  • Programmes automatically pick up from where you left off
  • BBC iPlayer now remembers the last ten programmes you played
  • Scrolling carousels give fast access to featured programmes
  • Your last played programmes will show up here, right after you've played your first programme

The bigger playback window, if you're wondering, now provides a 640x480 resolution - up 25 percent from the previous 512 pixel width. Head on over to the iPlayer Beta website to see what's in store, and let us know what you think in the HEXUS forums.



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Anyone actually found any content available on there yet?

Everything I try comes up as unavailable.
Any extra resolution is a good move. The full screen option scales horribly when using fullscreen on a 22" monitor.
any sign of a mac version yet?
Flibster
Anyone actually found any content available on there yet?

Everything I try comes up as unavailable.

theres content on there now :)
roadie
Any extra resolution is a good move. The full screen option scales horribly when using fullscreen on a 22" monitor.

I wonder how many people, or what percentage of BBC viewers actually sit in front of their computer to watch programs. I couldn't think of anything more annoying.

We use BT vision for all our on demand content which works for me, but I couldn't sit down at my desk and watch 30 minutes of program in a small box, whats the point….