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BBC iPlayer iPad app lands in the UK App Store with live and catch-up TV and radio

We told you it was coming, but as of today the BBC iPlayer app for the iPad is officially available for free via the UK iTunes App Store. The app basically packages everything you know and love from the BBC's iPlayer into a slick, iPad-optimized app with impressive streaming quality. You can view over 400 hours of content from the last seven days of BBC broadcast, as well as stream both TV and...

BBC iPlayer app for iPad and Android out this week in the UK

BBC iPlayer applications for the iPad and Android will be out later this week in the UK. On the iOS side, the app will at first be iPad-only, so tough luck for those owning an iPhone or an iPod touch. Also, not all Android devices will be supported -- because of the hardware requirements for Flash-powered video streams (interesting how they have managed to get around that for the iPad). As such,...

BBC iPlayer to go international in 2011, shows could cost up to $10

BBC Worldwide, the commercial wing of the BBC, has finally got the go-ahead to launch an international version of the video-on-demand iPlayer. It should launch sometime next year. British audiences have been enjoying the use of iPlayer for years, as one of the perks of their TV license fee, but it remains to be seen how international audiences will pay for the service. Advertising could be...

BBC World Service offers free podcast documentaries

At first, the idea of "podcast documentaries" seemed a bit odd to me. It's a documentary to which you listen; there are no images. BBC Documentaries offers quite a few documentaries in this format, for free. Once I started listening to one, I realized why it can actually be a viable medium. I listened to some of the documentary shown above, about Wedge Island, in which they refer to the...

BBC Wildlife Magazine offers free web classes to make you a better photographer

The weekend is upon us once more, and the spring is here, too. If you're planning to go outdoors with your camera, you might be interested to know that BBC Wildlife Magazine offers over a score of photography Master Classes for free, in PDF format. Each "class" is a richly-illustrated four-page tutorial, which seems to be taken directly off the pages of the magazine; the one I looked at still had...

We fair humans of Earth believe Internet access to be a fundamental human right

Today seems to be 'rights for all!' day, or something. It's quite easy to get rights and privileges mixed up, which is the only explanation for the results of the BBC World Service survey: four in five people believe that Internet access is a fundamental right. Like the right to marry, or freedom of speech, Internet access should be chiselled into our constitution. The BBC survey also has some...

Rockface Rescue: search-and-rescue helicopter-flyin' Time Waster

I'm always looking for a good distraction when I'm sitting in classes I don't care about... which tends to be almost all of them. Rockface Rescue is a great, addictive game that I found on the BBC's website. From what I understand, the show followed a fictional rescue helicopter service that is plagued with disaster and love triangles. The show was cancelled in 2008. Luckily, the game is nothing...

BBC working on global video-on-demand software

The BBC iPlayer allows UK residents to watch a wide variety of BBC programming including news and entertainment programs. The service is available in the UK at no additional cost, because UK residents basically pay an annual license fee to support the BBC. And that's why the iPlayer isn't available to viewers outside of the UK: No matter how much we want to watch the latest Doctor Who episodes...

Rumor: Google bringing the BBC iPlayer to the US?

Every time we write a story about Hulu, international Download Squad readers ask us when the streaming television site will be available outside of the US. And I get it. Because that's how I feel every time I see a story about the BBC iPlayer, which lets UK residents watch BBC programming online. Well, Hulu is working on rolling out service in other countries as soon as it can get broadcast...

BBC iPlayer adds High Definition Downloads

No doubt you're familiar with the BBC iPlayer: we've been closely following the product's development since its cross-platform launch a little over a year ago. Since then we've seen plenty of developments, including the release of a desktop client (using Adobe's AIR technology) and today is another notable date for the iPlayer project. In a move that's likely to please a lot of users - and...

BBC will keep episodes online longer

Beginning September 13th you will be able to watch your favorite BBC shows online, all the time. In the past, the BBC would post shows to the iPlayer and keep them up for only 7 days. The new format will use series stacking, which basically means as each new episode becomes available, it will stack on top of old episodes. All episodes will remain available online so you will have the...

BBC iPlayer 2.0 arrives in beta

We've covered the BBC iPlayer in great depth here at Download Squad - from its inception to nationwide rollout - and today, the BBC has announced version 2 of the (hugely successful) project. The new-look site has been heavily re-designed, bringing together both Radio and Television shows in a central portal. Personalisation also seems to be the key to the new release, which incidentally runs...

BBC to broadcast live TV streams on the internet

First came pirated copies of TV shows being traded over the internet by fans the BBC iPlayer service which lets UK residents watch any TV program that's aired in the last seven days. Now the BBC plans to stream BBC1 content live over the internet. The new streaming service will go live sometime int he next few months. The BBC already streams content from several of its news channels live, but...

BBC's iPlayer DRM scheme cracked again

BBC, DRM, and the iPhone: it doesn't sound very steamy. But things are definitely heating up in regards to the BBC and DRM. The release of BBC's new iPlayer brought with it the typical suffocating DRM restrictions, with the typical amount of outrage in the blogosphere. However, when the BBC released the new beta iPlayer software that allowed users to view BBC streams on their iPhone, the streams...

Rumor: BBC and Apple set to announce iTunes deal

Apple and the BBC could announce details of a plan to distribute BBC content via iTunes as early as tomorrow. The Register is reporting that a "TV industry source" says the BBC's content distribution arm has been working with Apple on the deal. The BBC already offers a way to watch TV shows that have aired in the last 7 days using its online iPlayer video service. But the iPlayer is only...