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    BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

    This is a discussion on BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn within the Sky Anytime + forums, part of the Sky On Demand category; So much for Sky keeping things quiet because such information is commercially sensitive , watching BBC Click's article on streaming ...

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      BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      So much for Sky keeping things quiet because such information is commercially sensitive, watching BBC Click's article on streaming content over the Internet to your TV, they let it slip that the BBC iPlayer would come to the Sky+ HD STB in the Autumn.



      There was no information on the level of the content or a more specific launch date, but considering everyone else is supplying BBC iPlayer through a variety of different devices already, I would hope that Sky will also see the sense in adding full HD content to the existing ITV Player and also include 4 on Demand and Demand Five very seen.




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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Like many people, with under 2 year old TV's, mine already has iPlayer implanted (in this case by Sony). So this is rather an 'after the horse has bolted' story.

      However it is just iPlayer and not YouView which would allow access to (and recording of) a very wide range of BBC archive material. If Sky could add that it might be of interest but at the moment it looks as if you will have to buy a 199 STB for YouView when the Sky HD+ box already has all the computing power needed to handle YouView but Sky didn't join the BBC led consortium that developed YouView.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      I wonder how many people will:
      1. be willing to buy a 199 STB for YouView when it eventually launches?
      2. want yet another box under the TV?

      It's a NO from me on both counts.

      My main TV, which is a Sony but from 2007, does not have any in-built services except a Freeview digital tuner (and a now defunct analogue tuner) and plugged into it are Sky+HD, a DVD Recorder (80GB so a bit ancient and deficient by modern standards), PS2, Wii and a couple of Apple TVs. There's no more room for anything else!

      BBC iPlayer via Sky+HD will be adequate for me as far as access on main TV is concerned. Wii can also do BBC iPlayer. One of the Apple TVs can do Netflix if required.

      Recently replaced the smaller upstairs TV with a newer Sony and it's got built-in BBC iPlayer and LoveFilm (plus Sony's own music and video services). Naturally there's a Sky+HD connected there too and another Apple TV can provide Netflix if required. I'm not inclined to add anything else to the mix up there.

      So, all in all, YouView is too late for me.
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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I would hope that Sky will ... also include 4 on Demand and Demand Five
      Let's hope so.
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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      To be perfectly honest I haven't seen the other alternatives available and YouView has been delayed even further until September 2012 now.

      I too have a TV and a Home Theatre system with BBC iPlayer apps included so I can also stream SD and HD content off the BBC iPlayer servers. However it doesn't have ITV Player, 4oD or Demand Five. I would love access to all of these.A

      t the same time I do have direct access to a range of other services through the other applications on both my TV and HT. These include a range of on-line video services (LoveFilm, Acetrax, Picture Box, blinkbox, vimeo, YouTube, Red Bull TV, AOL HD, Daliymotion, Filmbeat), games, Karaoke, Google Maps & Weather.

      I was recently searching the web with someone else and came across a variety of STBs which can stream content from all these players and off my home network. Boxee is a group of applications available on specific models from Iomega, Myka ION, NUU Player and D-Link. What isn't clear is whether you can record to a drive the content for a period of time, much like I would hope you can with the Sky STB and like you can with BBC iPlayer on my Laptop.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Bit of extra news on this. Seems Sky will be launching its own proper 7-Day Catchup service from all of its channels at the same time as iPlayer and ITV Player:

      Sky Anytime+ – Sky Anytime Plus | Sky Products

      All very promising.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Looks nice.

      Great news – we'll be launching a full 7 day catch up service later this year. You'll be able to catch up on the biggest shows from all the Sky channels – including Sky Sports – as well many of our other most popular channels.

      And it gets even better – the complete ITV Player and BBC iPlayer will also be coming on board, giving you even more flexibility in how you watch your favourite TV.
      I wonder how long it will be before 4oD and Demand Five jump on board?

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Looks nice.



      I wonder how long it will be before 4oD and Demand Five jump on board?
      Well that would complete the set so to speak but Channel 4 seem to be taking a different route with their new dedicated Catchup channel due to launch soon.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Quote Originally Posted by speedyrite View Post
      I wonder how many people will:
      1. be willing to buy a 199 STB for YouView when it eventually launches?
      2. want yet another box under the TV?

      It's a NO from me on both counts.

      So, all in all, YouView is too late for me.
      The YouView service is aimed at Freeview users. Much of Freeview is viewed through very cheap STB's converting older analogue TV's. In other words the potential customer for YouView has shown a remarkable resistance to investing in expensive new technology. Are they likely to suddenly buy expensive equipment needed for YouView? It seems unlikely.

      The other lingering doubt is 'what happens if the BBC start to charge for archive material you are allowed to record rather than just stream'. Unknown territory which might open a Pandora's box for the Beeb based on a 'pay for what you watch' rather than 'pay for everything we broadcast' model. We watch some BBC but probably not 99% of the output, so I'd be happy to pay for the little we watch on a PAYG basis rather than a blanket License Fee.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Since Sky are already charging for some of their Anytime+ material, the Sky+ HD STBs would be able to handle and BBC iPlayer content which is chargeable.

      As for any other product, it wouldn't take much to add a requirement for an account with the BBC in order to pay for any extra material, in much the same way as LoveFilm or Netflix.

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