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    Goodbye UBC - BBC gets TV on-demand service OK

    BBC gets TV on-demand service OK

    The iPlayer will allow viewers to catch up with Doctor Who

    BBC shows such as Doctor Who and EastEnders are to be made available on-demand after the BBC's iPlayer service was given the green light.
    The service - which will launch later this year - allows viewers to watch programmes online for seven days after their first TV broadcast.
    Episodes can also be downloaded and stored for up to 30 days.
    The BBC Trust gave the iPlayer the go-ahead after consultations with members of the public.
    About 10,500 individuals and organisations responded to the public value test after the trust gave its provisional approval in January.
    As a result, the trust amended two conditions it had earlier imposed on the BBC's plans.
    'Catch-up' episodes
    It had earlier called on the corporation to scale back plans to let downloaded "catch-up" episodes remain on users' hard drives beyond seven days. BBC iPLAYER
    iPlayer will allow viewers to catch up on TV programmes for seven days
    Some TV series can be downloaded and stored for 30 days
    Viewers will be able to watch shows streamed live over the internet
    Users will not be able to download programmes from other broadcasters
    Classical recordings and book-readings are excluded from iPlayer



    Who else offers TV on-demand?


    Now all episodes of some series will be made available until a week after transmission of the final instalment. But this will only apply to 15% of all content offered by the service.
    And the storage window for TV catch-up over the internet has been set at 30 days from the day of download.
    The trust also called for revised editorial guidance on the type of series which can be included.
    BBC director general Mark Thompson said he was "delighted" with the decision.
    But he took issue with a decision that classical music downloads could not feature in the service.
    "Our research suggests that classical music audiences would wish to download classical music programmes from the BBC and to listen to them on their terms, free at the point of use," he said.
    Deadline
    The iPlayer computer application will only be initially available to those with Windows PCs in the UK.
    But the trust has asked the BBC to ensure that the iPlayer computer application can run on different systems - such as Apple Macs - within "a reasonable time frame".
    Viewers can catch up with EastEnders for seven days after each episode


    Earlier this month BBC Future Media boss Ashley Highfield said the corporation was committed to rolling out the iPlayer on Windows PCs first of all, and then cable TV services, Apple Macs, and eventually Freeview boxes.
    But the BBC said it could not commit to a two-year deadline to achieve this goal, saying it was up to the third parties concerned.
    However, the BBC Trust said it would audit the BBC's progress against this objective every six months to ensure that members of the public not using Windows PCs would not be disadvantaged.
    BBC trustee Diane Coyle said: "We are delighted so many people responded to the consultation and thank everyone who participated for their contribution. "The consultation has demonstrated considerable public support for the on-demand proposals. "Thanks to the thorough assessment through the public value test, and with the modifications which resulted from the test and the consultation, the trust is satisfied that the BBC's new on-demand services will create significant public value with limited market impact."

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    The iPlayer computer application will only be initially available to those with Windows PCs in the UK.
    I was interested till I got to that bit.

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    In the next scene does the music change to heavy Bass Guitar and a little head bobbin action!

    The Dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by William
    The iPlayer computer application will only be initially available to those with Windows PCs in the UK.
    I was interested till I got to that bit.
    Me too.

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    I have finally rid myself of UBC and am living off a diet of torrents.
    I think the only time I might regret the decision is during the rugby world cup and the French open tennis.
    Trying to find an alternative but not a lot around it seems.

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    ^Haven't you got streaming TV & sports up and running yet?

    I'm sure I've seen the rugby on sopcast

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA
    Haven't you got streaming TV & sports up and running yet?

    I'm sure I've seen the rugby on sopcast
    no.
    don't know how to do that.
    start a thread about it please

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    ^be better if you start it and ask for help, then you'll have lom and surasak falling over themselves with suggestions

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    I do believe that the future of all television will be 'watch what you like when you want' - The days of only terrestrial channels and set schedules will seem as old fashioned as black and white radio seem to us today.

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    I just tried that VPN service with Channel 4 and it's too slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    'watch what you like when you want'
    What have you been doing so far danbo? watching stuff you didn't like when you didn't want to.

    Sort of like in a clockwork orange

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    I think the only time I might regret the decision is during the rugby world cup and the French open tennis. Trying to find an alternative but not a lot around it seems.
    Not trying very hard as usual. There is a wonderful alternative in the form of the southern African service. 7 channels of proper sports and a couple of BBC channels. What else does one need?

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    ^How do you get it? How much does it cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    'watch what you like when you want'
    What have you been doing so far danbo? watching stuff you didn't like when you didn't want to.
    More missing what I wanted to watch when I wanted to watch it.

    Last night was a dilemma. I wanted to watch Horizon on BBC2, about the new particle accelerator with which scientists hope to investigate the mysteries of the Universe....Unfortunately it clashed with Chelsea v Liverpool....So I decided to watch the football my thinking being that solving the mysteries off the Universe can wait for another day....
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    ^I think you made the right choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Not trying very hard as usual. There is a wonderful alternative in the form of the southern African service. 7 channels of proper sports and a couple of BBC channels. What else does one need?
    Marmite.
    Can you answer Nick's questions?

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