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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; Originally Posted by Scubbie Since Sky are already charging for some of their Anytime+ material, the Sky+ HD STBs would ...

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      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.
      Agreed. It's therefore very odd that the Beeb is introducing a complete new technology (YouView) that has no integrated payment mechanism. Paradoxically the Sky system is set up to accept payments as a default. I think it illustrates the Beebs very confused thinking on the YouView project.


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      Just to be clear, YouView is a partnership (BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, Arquva, BT and TalkTalk).

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      I'm just trying to find any reference on YouView to there being a requirement to pay for content.

      Other than any potential applications (i.e. LoveFilm or Netflix) which could be added, there is no reference to BBC iPlayer being a subscription or pay on demand service.

      I do recall that the BBC did want to start charging people outside the UK for access to BBC iPlayer. Is this perhaps what you are getting confused with?

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I'm just trying to find any reference on YouView to there being a requirement to pay for content.

      Other than any potential applications (i.e. LoveFilm or Netflix) which could be added, there is no reference to BBC iPlayer being a subscription or pay on demand service.

      I do recall that the BBC did want to start charging people outside the UK for access to BBC iPlayer. Is this perhaps what you are getting confused with?
      Here is a report of the article which appeared in Broadcast magazine early this year. I suspect there is nothing more to it than a bit of future-gazing by the Beeb.

      BBC mulls iPlayer fees for archives, repeats ? The Register

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      No problem. Some might get upset with the BBC charging for something which they have previously paid for through the TV License fee though if they ever did bring this into being.

      As previously stated, it would be relatively easy to get all the various applications updated so that people would need an account, although it would be a large task if it were left to a small team to do this.

      Another aspect would be the need to improve the user interface. I find it very poor at present and it would need to be improved greatly if people are to be able to search what might be a humongous archive.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Some might get upset with the BBC charging for something which they have previously paid for through the TV License fee though if they ever did bring this into being.
      You have to remember the BBC today isn't the BBC of 25 years ago. Nowadays they make few programmes themselves and many are commissioned by the BBC but never owned by them. So whilst the Beeb can show for a limited number of times (and run on iPlayer for 7 days) they can't offer them as archives. So many programmes we associate with the BBC would need a fee paying to the Content owners everytime it is viewed.

      So whilst the Beeb could show a limited number of programmes it totally owns for either 'free' or for a 'fee' they would almost certainly have to pay for each viewing of archives of many other programmes. All of which is where the average viewer gets very confused and says 'but I've already paid for that'.

      Personally I'd expect anything that was premiered on the Beeb to be available to long suffering License Fee payers for free as the Beeb probably paid the massive original bill for making the programme.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Is there any further information available on whether BBC Player/ITV Player will be programme downloads to the HD rather than streaming? Downloading is a more attractive option for me as my ISP has peak/off-peak bandwidth quotas.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      We believe that in the next round of Beta testing the new EPG this function will be added.

      Hopefully the next round will start in August with a September/October roll-out.

      Like with the current roll-out of the new EPG, we will keep our members informed and let everyone know what to expect.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      We believe that in the next round of Beta testing the new EPG this function will be added.

      Hopefully the next round will start in August with a September/October roll-out.

      Like with the current roll-out of the new EPG, we will keep our members informed and let everyone know what to expect.
      Thanks - but are you saying that you expect it to be On Demand downloading or streaming for IPlayer? If it is the latter, then the cost/benefit equation moves firmly away from Sky as I can access both on my TV at the moment. If programmes can be downloaded and stored then this sits better with the broadband package that I am on.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer to launch in Autumn

      Until the next Beta trial starts I am not in a position to be able to comment on this.

      I would however suspect that it would be more likely to be similar to the current system. I would agree with you in that it would be a better system, especially for those who only have a limited bandwidth.

      However with the SkyHD STB would it be tied to only being able to stream BBC iPlayer content from the Sky+ HD STB or would it be able to stream BBC iPlayer content live of the BBC servers? This is certainly one which we shall have to wait for an answer.

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