The BBC is launching a new easy-to-use service that lets you access television programmes via your PC. Initially, BBC iPlayer is offering “seven-day catch-up television” – meaning that BBC TV programmes can be downloaded for free up to a week after transmission.
The programmes will be free for UK licence fee payers, at high quality and with no advertising. Once you have downloaded a programme to your computer you have 30 days within which to start watching and seven days to finish watching it.
BBC iPlayer plans to incorporate radio and live streaming of TV at a later date as well as looking at offering BBC iPlayer on a range of platforms including cable and mobile.
iPlayer is in it’s final stages of testing prior to general release. If you wish to get your hands on the BBC iPlayer before it’s general release just go to the following website to register http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayerbeta/find_out_more.shtml
Remember it is a Peer to Peer (P2P) application (The BBC do not make that totally clear from their website). So be aware that by running iPlayer some of your Internet bandwidth will be used when others are downloading the TV programs. If you are on a capped download / upload broadband connection this application may not be right for you.
I would like to say thanks to Tim F for telling me about BBC iPlayer.