Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are now benefiting from the latest upgraded version of the BBC video iPlayer. It is hoped that the users of these big networking sites will have the accessibility to share a wider content. As well as this, broadcasting channels such as ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five will all see iPlayer’s user traffic.
As part of the latest initiative to make the service more sociable to a wider audience, iPlayer users will have to log into the BBC website first by using the ID service provided. Up until now, this has been used for posting comments. According to guardian.co.uk, more than one million users are already signed up to BBC ID.
From today, the live beta tested version of the new iPlayer, will see rival broadcasters appear next to the BBC’s own TV services, with the aid of the online electronic programming guide.
Non-BBC programmes such as ITV’s “Coronation Street” can be entered on to the search engine of the iPlayer and can be instantly added to the favourites list. This is something we will look forward to later this year. Deals have been struck with various rival broadcasters not to share content or technology.
Recently Erik Huggers the director of future, media and technology at the BBC said that “this is not the first step in the BBC iPlayer becoming a social networking website but purely a way of integrating with other services“.
To expand on this, the BBC has struck a deal with Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger chat. This in turn will give users the opportunity to message each other whilst watching their favourite shows.
The iPlayer remains simple to use for TV and radio, but if a wider number of web users want to customise their iPlayer experience, this is an option available to them.
Are you one of a long list of web users who will be using the latest version of the iPlayer? To read more about this, go to guardian.co.uk
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