BBC iPlayer, commonly shortened to iPlayer, is an internet television and radio service, developed by the BBC to extend its former real player-based and other streamed video clip content to include whole TV shows. BBC iPlayer left Beta and went live. A new-look iPlayer had been launched, originally as a beta-test version alongside the earlier version. The site tagline was catch up on the last 7 days of BBC TV & radio, reflecting that programmes are unavailable on BBC iPlayer after this time, which was later changed to making the unmissable, unmissable. The BBC stated on their website that this is due to copyright reasons. The site was updated again, to include a recommendations feature and a social makeover.
The original iPlayer service was launched undergoing a five month long trial of five thousand broadband users. The iPlayer came under criticism for the delay in launch, rebranding and cost to BBC licence-fee payers, as no finished product had been released after four years of development. A new, improved BBC iPlayer service then had another very limited user trial. The iPlayer received the approval of the BBC Trust and an open beta for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 was launched, where it was announced that only a fixed number of people would be able to sign up for the service, with a controlled increase in users over the summer.
There are lots of sites on the internet that show how iPlayer abroad can be paid and watched. However while it is possible to watch iPlayer abroad for free it is not actually shown how. As there is no charge for this service, a survey needs to be completed, which can be chosen, before getting access to BBC iPlayer. The surveys are all different, and many of them give free products.
Most radio programmers can be accessed globally, with the exception of a few programmes, mainly sports broadcasts that are affected by rights issues. One quirk is that mobile devices such as the iPod Touch and iPhone cannot access radio overseas via iPlayer whereas computers can.