Gideon Summerfield: BBC iPlayer Sees 10-Fold Increase In Consumption On Connected Tvs, Set Top Boxes And Bluray Players

written by: Richard Kastelein

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In a recent blog post over at the BBC, Gideon Summerfield, Product Manager, BBC iPlayer on TV at BBC states that their  latest figures show there has already been a 10-fold increase in consumption of BBC iPlayer content on connected TVs, set top boxes and BluRay players since June last year.

He added that the BBC is encouraged that device manufacturers continue to adopt HTML, allowing them to more easily build rich IPTV apps, especially where standards for video control - such as HTML5 - are supported. This year, Panasonic and Sony have joined the likes of Samsung, LG, and Toshiba in launching connected TVs in the UK that support HTML.

Sky however, seems to be rather unhappy with the current BBC iPlayer synication rules, that forces rivals to accept running the iPlayer on their own services, as reported in the Guardian.

The provisional conclusion was that on-demand BBC programmes should only be made available to rival operators through the iPlayer, and no other 3rd party players, stated the BBC Trust. And the BBC is going full force into offering the player on multiple platforms. 

  1.  Customers of Virgin Media digital cable and BT Vision are now able to get access to the full BBC iPlayer experience on TV
  2. BBC iPlayer is being rolled out onto more and more connected TVs and Bluray Disc Players thanks to growing support for HTML and Flash. This includes new devices from Panasonic, Sony, LG, Toshiba and Syabas.
  3. We are even able to offer a version of BBC iPlayer for new Freeview HD devices that don't support HTML or Flash
Keep an eye on the Where to Get BBC iPlayer page, which we will be updating soon to list every single model certified for BBC iPlayer.

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