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.