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BBC iPlayer set to remove Beta tag on Christmas Day

The BBC iPlayer draws criticism from many corners and the decision to launch it on Christmas Day is not going to do much to deflect the criticism it has received so far. PC Pro has an article with the headline 'Is iPlayer heading for a Christmas nightmare?'.

Christmas Day is probably not the best day to launch a new piece of software, particularly one that could have an impact on the pattern of broadband usage across many broadband providers. The iPlayer has been available for some months but in the guise of a Beta release, so in terms of the risk of the software having problems this is probably very slight, unless there is a large pool of people who are not using it yet because of the beta tag.


Well I certainly wouldn't like to be working in their customer service/contact centre on Christmas Day with people wanting to watch TV and not being able too.......a big NO NO on such an important day of the day. Even Sky locks down their network this time of the year - why oh why Beeb, why oh why?

  • CaptainW
  • over 10 years ago

I wont be using it, tried it and the kontiki software it uses is worse than some spyware IMO. Mind you if services like this are the way forward and put pressure on providers to give people bigger allowanes for their money im all in favour of it.

  • over 10 years ago

kontiki is a trojan by defenition at least it was I do not know if the bbc changed how iplayer works since I tried it about half a year ago but if they haven't they in for a potential legal nightmare.

  • chrysalis
  • over 10 years ago

As it stands chrysalis they havent changed it, even if you close the iplayer software down on your pc the kontiki thing still accesses and uses your connection to do whatever (who knows)
Lets hope when the proper thing goes live thats one thing they have altered.... though i doubt it... Like you said its basically a trojan, and with shows being DRM protected, its not exactly encouraging people to use their service instead of newsgroups and torrents for tv shows.

  • over 10 years ago

So where is the Mac/Linux version then? Regrettably, the BBC don't seem to regard us as important. Scandalous!

  • nstrudwick
  • over 10 years ago

Thats a good point nstrudwick, did they not say they were going to make a MAC or Linux version??? Anyone more news on that??

  • over 10 years ago

> The BBC Trust made it a condition of approval for the BBC's on-demand services that the iPlayer is available to users of a range of operating systems, and has given a commitment that it will ensure that the BBC meets this demand as soon as possible. They will measure the BBC's progress on this every six months and publish the findings.

  • grahamperrin
  • over 9 years ago

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