BBC iPlayer’s TV catchup service has finally launched on Sky this week.
Customers with HD boxes connected to the Internet can now catchup on their favourite BBC programmes after they have broadcast on the main channels.
The service is available through the usual On Demand (formerly Anytime) menus on your Sky Guide and joins the existing offerings from the likes of ITV and Sky’s own channels.
Please note you need to have the new EPG software on your box to enjoy the new service – if you don’t you need to wait for it to automatically download to your HD box in the coming weeks.
BBC iPlayer is now integrated into the Virgin Media On Demand menus. All BBC programmes On Demand now use the iPlayer versions of recordings. If you go to All Channels in the Catch Up TV section and choose iPlayer it just loads the red button version of the BBC iPlayer. If you go to All Days in Catch Up TV it will show up using the same Virgin Media menus as the other content but will still use the iPlayer versions of the programmes. In other iPlayer news, it’s now thought the previously-planned BBC iPlayer channel on the EPG has been postponed – possibly indefinitely.
The ‘soft launch’ of BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media happened a few weeks ago with it being available through the red button from any on-air BBC channel. From next week a BBC iPlayer channel will be added to the Virgin Media EPG. The news comes from an official Virgin Media press release (click here). The BBC iPlayer service will be fully integrated into the On Demand menus (like Catch Up TV) in a few months (the exact date is not yet confirmed).
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.
Click here to read more about the service.
(Pictures are from www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet)
BBC iPlayer will now be launching in May according to an official page on the Virgin Media website. It says “from May you can tune to any BBC TV channel and press the red button on your Virgin Media remote to watch the best BBC programmes from the last 7 days” and we’ll be able to “choose from over 250 hours of BBC TV, selected and saved from the last 7 days”. To begin with, it says the service will be available via the red button from any BBC channel, and it will be added to Catch Up TV On Demand “soon after it launches through the red button”. There will be a lot more content available – Virgin Media say “there’s about 50 hours of BBC shows in Catch Up TV on demand right now. When iPlayer launches in Catch Up TV on demand the BBC folder will be renamed BBC iPlayer and instead of having 50 hours of BBC shows to watch there will be over 250 hours”. Read more on the official Virgin Media website.
It has previously been reported that BBC iPlayer – the On Demand service from the BBC – will be launching on Virgin Media TV very soon. The latest rumoured launch date for BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media is the 10th April (this Thursday). Watch this space.
Media news website Digital Spy are reporting BBC iPlayer will be “on Virgin Media next month” – the service wil be available via the red button from all BBC channels. The service will be similar to the current BBC offerings available on Catch Up TV On Demand at the moment, but will include a broader range of BBC programmes, and BBC Radio catchups are also thought to be available on the service. The iPlayer service will also be launching on the iPhone and iTouch. Click here for full details of the latest iPlayer developments.