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Dave Lee | 16:50 UK time, Monday, 22 December 2008

In case you missed it, there was a somewhat significant BBC iPlayer upgrade released last week.

Some users struggled to get the BETA software working, so the BBC's James Cridland stepped up to offer this guide. Along the same lines, Tony Hirst shares his step-by-step instructions for using the new player, complete with some decent screenshots of it in action.

Overall reaction to the new iPlayer has been good, although The Register's Kelly Fiveash feels it has taken too long:

This time last year the BBC finally responded to demands for the service to be made available to everyone in the UK by offering a Flash-based version of iPlayer.
But it's taken the Corporation 18 months to release a desktop version of iPlayer, which many will doubtless view as a bit of a poor show."

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Project Kangaroo is reportedly again jumping through hoops in making compromises to ensure its plans can go ahead. The Guardian reports that Kangaroo has "offered to scrap plans to jointly sell catch-up and archive shows to rivals".

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Andrew Bowden points us in the direction of the great new BBC FAQ pages which have now been launched. You can ask anything, with current questions ranging from "Why was One Foot in the Grave not shown on Thursday?" to "Where can I buy the Countryfile 2009 calendar?".

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The folks at BBC Backstage enjoyed much festive cheer this week with their Christmas parties in Manchester and London. They've posted some videos onto their blog. Our favourite is the clip below, in which our cameraman is saved from an awkward "So... you come here often?" moment by an army of invading Santas...

Backstage also announced the winner of its logo competition. Well done to Mark Griffin for coming up with this:

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On that note, it's time for the BBC Internet Blog to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. For us, 2008 really has been the year of BBC iPlayer, HD and, randomly enough, plenty of Strictly Come Dancing. Who knows what will be the hot topics this time next year. Here's to 2009!

Dave Lee is co-editor, BBC Internet blog, BBC Online, BBC Future Media & Technology.

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