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  • Message 1. Posted by Jon iPlayer Host (U8557168) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    As you may have seen on the iPlayer homepage, we have a new beta for you to try out - head to beta.bbc.co.uk/iplay... to check out all the new features.

    This press release www.bbc.co.uk/presso... has all the details but the main points are:

    * Separated TV & Radio
    * Find out what others are recommending and recommend programmes to your friends on social media sites
    * Book downloads
    * New version of Desktop with sort and other benefits
    * Customise your favourite stations

    Jonathan

  • Message 2. Posted by Jon iPlayer Host (U8557168) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    You can now also read the blog by Anthony Rose is Controller, Online Media Group and Vision, BBC FM&T.

    www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    Jonathan

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  • Message 3. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    I guess the BBC has been too busy on the new beta to make much comment about the current one and the message board problems.

    John

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  • Message 4. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    PS
    I note someone has already started a discussion thread about the new Beta iPlayer "Comments on iPlayer beta { www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb... ] "

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  • Message 5. Posted by Joffanizer (U14366108) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    Sorted my new iplayer out today and am already enjoying the new benefits. Extremely easy to use. Sorts your downloads out and books future programmes, like sky+. The interaction with facebook was seamless and extremely quick.
    This thing is absolutely marvellous!!

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  • Message 6. Posted by Jake Anders (U14481886) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    Not sure if this is quite the right place as I guess it is a BBCiD issue (maybe?) but I can't get the deleting recommendations to work from my profile. I hit recommend on something just to see how it works and now I can't undo it! When I click delete it just says " problem..." in the popup dialog and after that the delete link doesn't do anything at all.

    Other than this I do love the new iPlayer and the new social features! Great work, especially the favourites function which speeds up by use so much.

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  • Message 7. Posted by Jake Anders (U14481886) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    Just realised I should have given technical details...

    Google Chrome 5.0.375.55 on Mac OS X (10.6) if that turns out to be an important factor.

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  • Message 8. Posted by Kit (U14481976) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    I am also having this problem. I recommended Eastenders just to see if it would work and now I'm stuck!

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  • Message 9. Posted by Hmonster (U14474159) on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 permalink

    This new Iplayer DOES NOT WORK ON IPOD TOUCH OR IPHONE as you need adobe flash player to use it

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  • Message 10. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    Hi Hmonster,

    One of my off topic gripes being that there does not seem to be any way to display BBC blogs on the new BBC Homepage (I am talking bbb.co.uk, not iPlayer beta) the Topic Tracker does not seem to help much. www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    Back On Topic:
    You may be interested in the blog Jonathan linked to in an earlier message above:
    "Introducing the all new BBC iPlayer (This time it's personal)" - www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    That blog probably has comments about Apple products and includes a link by the BBC

    # iPlayer coming to iPad and fingers crossed for BBC apps

    From Pocket-lint (PM) { www.pocket-lint.com/... }

    John

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  • Message 11. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    This new Iplayer DOES NOT WORK ON IPOD TOUCH OR IPHONE as you need adobe flash player to use it

    That probably means that you're trying to use the computer version of iPlayer on your iPhone.

    The computer version of iPlayer (current and beta) runs on Flash so the iPhone will only support the iPhone version.

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  • Message 12. Posted by Jon iPlayer Host (U8557168) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    Hello Kit and Jake,

    The recommendations bug has been flagged up, please try again.

    Jonathan

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  • Message 13. Posted by iaindude (U14481573) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    wow i like the new site and i cant wait to look at the iplay desktop (new one ) but one thing that i would like to know if i have the old one on my computer then would it auto update to the new one or will i have to re download the desctop for it to work

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  • Message 14. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    Very Good point

    (Not whether it will auto update, but what happens AFTER you do ? )

    Some Mac users last year upgraded iPlayer Desktop & did not have a restore path and found the older version worked better for them, they had to wait months for a further update and release of Desktop (on 1st April) this year.
    The BBC would not provide any downgrade option to the disenfranchise Mac users. (a typical post from one of the long threads on the subject www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb... look at message number 105 for example)

    smiley - bluelightMoral: whatever the BBC says or does; if you update software; make sure you take your own steps to save and be able to re-install the old version.

    (Something that will differ depending on OS and individual setups )
    It is pretty standard procedure, or should be to take such precautions.

    John

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  • Message 15. Posted by Jake Anders (U14481886) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    Brilliant, thanks!

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  • Message 16. Posted by ehcp (U14482953) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    I love the new iPlayer

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  • Message 17. Posted by Dave-the-Rave (U14483219) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    @john99

    To ensure you're providing a balanced view, can you please post links to all the Mac issues with version 1.5 of the iPlayer desktop?

    It would be rather disingenuous to infer version 2.0 desktop is going to be anything but stable on a Mac when v1.5 hasn't had any reports of performance issues nor v1.3 for that matter.

    And for the record, iPlayer desktop 2.0 has been working fine on my Mac after about 15 downloads over the last 24 hours and 6 programme views. I also note that it seems to have included the majority of suggestions made on these very boards with respect to expiry time, the ability to sort items and grouping like items.

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  • Message 18. Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    To ensure you're providing a balanced view, can you please post links to all the Mac issues with version 1.5 of the iPlayer desktop?
    Dave the rave, John does not have to, just read the boards. smiley - smiley

    smiley - friedegg

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  • Message 19. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    Dave-the-Rave

    To ensure you're providing a balanced view,

    smiley - winkeye I care not one jot if the my 'view' is considered balanced, I posted merely in an attempt to be helpful.

    The Mac users with problem, may well have been only a minority, but I hoped my post may be a helpful reminder of what I would consider standard practice. Namely backing up systems & software before upgrades.
    The users with a problem last time may be cautious this time round, other users may not be.

    The 'Issues' appear to have been with the upgrade from v1.3 to v1.4 . The fact that I was mentioning a post number 105 speaks for itself. On this messageboard only a few threads in any year get to anything like that length.

    smiley - flyingpigLets hope all releases of iPlayer Desktop, and its associated software are always stable and beneficial in all circumstances.

    John

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  • Message 20. Posted by Guv-nor (U7476305) on Thursday, 27th May 2010 permalink

    In reply to Dave the Fanboy

    John like me is just a user, who attempts to help the technically challenged. Pointing out that some v1.4 Mac users had a bad experience is reasonable and to their benefit, the long term Mac/iPlayer experience in V2 is not yet known and to advise taking steps to prepare a path back to the stable version is only prudent, the new release is a Beta.

    To the best of my knowledge John has a history of even handed and helpful posts, for my own part I suspect the fact I have and am willing to express a low opinion of Apple products may well be inferred.

    PS: I may disagree with your choice of hardware but will accept your right to chose it.

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