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BBC's iPlayer goes High-definition

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 18 Apr 2009 19:57

BBC's iPlayer goes High-definition The BBC has announced that the iPlayer service will soon be loaded with High-definition content that can be accessed by web browser. There are plans to also roll out HD on iPlayer through the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console and a Virgin set-top box. For many users in the UK, this will probably be their first experience with high-definition video. The iPlayer has been a runaway success, with more than 387 million requests to stream or download since it launched on Christmas Day 2007.
"Introducing HD streams enables users to enjoy BBC programmes in HD without a set-top box," BBC's head of digital media technology, Anthony Rose said. The new version of the iPlayer will also include a diagnostic tool that will analyze the user's Internet connection and automatically adjust the steam quality settings to get the best result.

"The new adaptive bitrate technology and speed diagnostics page help optimise the viewing experience, while the resizable window gives users flexibility to switch between different quality streams, hopefully leading to a more satisfying experience overall," said Mr Rose.

Another new feature will be a cross-platform manager that will allow Windows, Mac, and Linux users to download BBC programmes, including those in HD. "In the last month we've extended the channel hours to nine per day, refreshed the look, enhanced the range of programmes, and now our HD content will be available whenever and wherever audiences want it," Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD, said.

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