BBC expands iPlayer offering

The BBC iPlayer service is now available to Virgin Media TV and BT Vision customers and across more connected TVs and Bluray players in response to growing support for HTML and Flash technologies, according to BBC Product Manager of the TV iPlayer, Gideon Summerfield.

The Virgin TiVo-powered set-top box supports the Flash-based BBC iPlayer and offers a new iplayer user interface. BT has started to upgrade the software on its BT Vision boxes enabling the iPlayer to become available to nearly every BT Vision customer by the end of June.

Panasonic and Sony have joined the likes of Samsung, LG, and Toshiba in launching connected TVs in the UK that support HTML. The BBC have now been able to certify the standard HTML version of BBC iPlayer for TV on these devices.

A version of the iPlayer is also now available on Freeview HD devices that conform to the D-Book 6.2.1 specification. The first product to be certified for this version, accessed via the Red Button from a BBC channel, is a new Freeview+ HD PVR from Sony.

Image: iPlayer on Virgin Media

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