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PS3 BBC iPlayer Gets A Revamp

New features, extra channel.

BBC iPlayer on PS3 is to get a make over and will move from using the creaky PS3 web browser to a standalone app.

The new app has been built from scratch with new features including viewer recommendations and a “vastly improved” search function.

As well as a new app, more shows from the BBC archive will be added to the service and programs will be available for longer than seven days.

Rather oddly the BBC do not seem to mention the best feature of the upgrade,  look closely at the screenshot below and you will see the PS3 is getting BBC HD. 

Huzzah!


Source: Press Release

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75 Comments
  1. StevenHibs
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Match of the Day HD, I hope so!!!

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:04.
    • Youles
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      Fingers crossed, I don’t use iPlayer but I would for this as my wife HATES my taking over the main TV to watch football. Doesn’t help that I literally watch every match possible!

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:29.
      • Jaffa-the-Cake
        Member
        Since: Oct 2010

        Due to contractual obligations only MOTD 2 can be shown on the iPlayer.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:37.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        NO!! I thought it was great when they got rid of Adrian Chiles, until he was replaced by Colin Murray. It seems MotD 2 has to have crap presenters and stupid gimmicks.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 12:19.
      • beeje13
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        And last season you couldn’t even watch MOTD 2 until tuesday, but it had the monday night game.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 14:35.
    • e8
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      You read my mind, fingers crossed.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 13:53.
  2. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    fantastic, at last. I will be using this a lot more from now on.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:04.
    • GamingBlueBoy
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      The HD looks good.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 14:59.
  3. david
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Brilliant.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:04.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Yay!\o/ *orders 99 and half bottle of beer for TSA towers*

    It is strange that the bbc haven’t mentioned this. I barely use the iplayer due to it being easier to use on my laptop. But i may cheat on my laptop with my PS3 and use it to play the new and improved iplayer. I do hope the entire Doctor who archive will be up on Iplayer and torchwood as well.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:07.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      iPlayer is a catchup service, not really for archive programs

      SeeSaw have an agreement with the BBCs commercial arm (BBC Worldwide) and show some archive programs, however SeeSaw recently struggled to get funding & hasn’t become the service it once promised to be

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 14:00.
  5. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Brilliant news, thank goodness it has moved away from the crappy browser

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:09.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Not sure that’s the case. Checking.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:19.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Its an app – http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2011/08/bbc_iplayer_connected_tv.html

        Hi Coverleeds,

        The BBC iPlayer for TV is now a native application on the PS3 and so we use the same exit method that Playstation games use, which is to hold down the PS button and choose Quit.

        Kind regards,
        James.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:32.
      • nemesisND1derboy
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Hold on….

        …since when is your name Dave?

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 12:08.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Keep forgetting I have iPlayer built into my TV… as almost all TVs from the past year or so do, except the very cheapest.

      But anyways good news for those that need it

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 13:59.
  6. Charmed_Fanatic
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    HD!! That is awesome if it is true and free for PS3 users! Hurrah!

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:12.
  7. Mason_Mk
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    Watching Top Gear in HD through my TV atm, the app is brilliant. Also since my ps3 is bravia synced the pause button and such on my tv remote can control iplayer now too :) Hope the archives add all the eps of top gear, angry boys and how not to live your life permanently.

    Hopefully 4oD and ITVPlayer follow suit.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:12.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Surely you’ve got iPlayer built into your TV then, seems a waste to be running an extra bit of equipment if you don’t need to

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 14:02.
      • Mason_Mk
        Member
        Since: Feb 2010

        Nah my sony bravia is the only one not to include iplayer :(
        Also my tv needs a wifi dongle to work anyway which is £60.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:59.
    • HoboCastro
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Works with Anynet on my Samsung too.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 14:29.
  8. Sympozium Pawa
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Looks brilliant, hope 4oD does this to.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:19.
  9. philbert8
    The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
    Since: Sep 2010

    I use iplayer all the time on my PS3, it’s far better than the shite on my Bravia TV; so any improvement is great news for me. Any release dates?

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:23.
    • philbert8
      The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
      Since: Sep 2010

      Of course the greatest improvement would be the ability to download and have the viewing time limit for those with crappy connections.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:35.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Out now, click on PS3 iplayer Icon to update.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:44.
      • philbert8
        The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
        Since: Sep 2010

        Ooh, cheers!

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 12:07.
      • djdustb
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Not there for me.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 15:29.
      • djdustb
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Ahh it seesm it depends on how you get into iPlayer as to whether it will update.

        If you use a PS3 Remote control pressing enter will go into the iplayer as normal with no update. Presing X on the PS3 Remote will force it to update.

        I always through the buttons did the same job.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 17:32.
  10. Darth Newdar
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Excellent stuff, especially the HD.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 11:24.

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