Round up: iPlayer on Freesat
Yesterday the BBC confirmed the imminent arrival of iPlayer on Freesat. In a double whammy of on demand goodness Freesat viewers will also be able to receive catch up from ITV via the ITV Player. Here's some of the what's being said.
The bad news though, as laid out by The Guardian is that the roll-out starts as:
"... a limited, closed 'beta' version of the iPlayer set to launch on 7 December for "a few hundred" selected users."
There is however some good news for the patient among us:
"Freesat said it was aiming to launch an open beta version of the iPlayer, accessible to around 230,000 Freesat households with compatible set-top boxes, by Christmas."
Digital Spy reported that the popularity of iPlayer on TV platforms was seen as justifying the latest moves. In a detailed report Digital Spy quoted blog regular (and head of TV platforms at the BBC) Rahul Chakkara who:
"...revealed that iPlayer registered 97.2 million programme views during October, with 26% coming via TV platforms rather than the web. He said that the figure gives 'validity' to the BBC's efforts to bring the service to Freesat and other suitable TV platforms."
The Digital Spy piece also pointed out that not all Freesat viewers will be able to access the service:
"When it fully launches, the on-demand platform will be available on all Freesat HD equipment, including integrated TVs, but standard definition receivers will not be able to access it."
And while it's on HD receivers it won't start out as HD:
"Despite the platform only being available on HD receivers, it will not support any HD programming. Chakkara said that the team is adopting a 'crawl first' approach to getting the SD service right before looking into HD. He said that any HD launch would also be dependent on available capacity on the UK's broadband networks due to the much greater bandwidth required for HD streams."
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog.
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