The catchup service from the BBC – iPlayer – has ‘soft launched’ on Virgin TV. The service can be accessed by pressing the red button on any BBC TV channel. BBC iPlayer on Virgin TV works in a similar way to the online service at bbc.co.uk, but streams programmes off servers – like Catch Up TV and TV Choice On Demand – instead of downloading it to the box via a broadband connection.
The existing BBC section of Catch Up TV (in the On Demand menus of Virgin TV) remain in place at the moment, as this is just a ‘soft launch’ of the iPlayer, to make sure everything works as it should before it’s fully unleashed into the Virgin TV On Demand menus some time this summer. There’s a useful ‘Search’ function available on the iPlayer service, which makes finding programmes much easier.
At the moment, only TV programmes are available on the new iPlayer service on Virgin TV, but this should expand to radio programmes and high definition programmes in due course.
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