Today sees the official launch of the new version of the BBC’s iPlayer, which has been in beta since May.
New features include social networking functions for Facebook, Twitter and Windows Live Messenger, as well as intelligent play listing based on favourite shows.
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Social networking with BBC iplayer
One of the stand out features of the new iPlayer is the ability to share the content being watched with friends and family.
BBC iPlayer is now compatible with Facebook, and allows the user to post content directly to their wall, to be seen by others.
Users of Twitter are also catered for, with a the new auto-tweet feature, which recommends content to friends based on what the viewer has been watching.
The biggest integration is with Windows Live Messenger, which is now accessible directly through iPlayer itself. Users of Live Messenger can now watch shows via iPlayer at the same time as their friends, and discuss the program in real time. They can also forward links to programs through the service.
BBC iPlayer will now produce a play list, based on the shows being watched, and emails the user with alerts when a new program has been added.
Families can now log-in to the service on the same computer but with separate ID’s. This means that the personalised recommendations will remain relevant to the individual user.
For users who choose to log-in to iPlayer the service will retain their profile even if they have accessed it via a different PC, allowing the viewer to pick up where they left off.
Separate TV & Radio listings
The TV & radio content is no longer grouped together, and features a separate pop-up radio console, allowing the user to continue browsing with the radio in the background.
Users can now download iPlayer directly to their desktop, downloading their favourite shows in advance and watching content offline.
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