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Blogs First Impressions: The iPlayer Beta

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 7 Jun 2010.

  1. SteveU

    SteveU New Member

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    Tell me about it, I love Virgin's VoD feature but the iPlayer section is pants. I find using the search facilty to be a far easier way of finding BBC content on there.

    Can't wait for them to integrate TiVo into the Virgin boxes, should make the experience a whole lot better!
     
  2. Material

    Material Soco Amaretto Lime

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    Oh no you didn't....
     
  3. LAGMonkey

    LAGMonkey Group 7 error

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    One acronym for the BBC that has caused no end of annoyance.

    XBMC

    but there are ways to make it work so i can live with it for the time being. As for the social side of things, i dont see the need so i never played with Boxee.
    (i do know that Boxee's implimentation of iPlayer isnt as smooth).
     
  4. WildThing

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    Congrats on getting the job Paul, and welcome to Bit-Tech! Can we expect you on the next Podcast?
     
  5. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    Thanks for the heads up, I've just started using the favourites feature - feels very polished, and so SO useful.

    Oh, and welcome to Bit-Tech. We won't hassle you too much.
     
  6. javaman

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    my only two complaints with iplayer is that alot of things i want to see such as family guy and the night sky doesn't go up. Also unless you watch it the very small pop out window it looks $h!t. TV catch up does a fantastic job streaming, so I don't understand why BBC can't at least match that quality. If it gets the all clear to record freeview (legal grey area) I can't see me using iplayer regardless of what features they add.
     
  7. Material

    Material Soco Amaretto Lime

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    Yes hopefully, as long as I'm in the office when we decide to record it.

    I'm not doing any singing tho....
     
  8. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    We'll see.
     
  9. Material

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    Barbershop quartet this time maybe?
     
  10. Hugo

    Hugo Ex-TrustedReviews Staff

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    A Capella perhaps?
     
  11. Psytek

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    the iPlayer is great.

    The content... not so much.
     
  12. Nature

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    Paul goodhead, I must say you're a handsome man.
     
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    Best name ever
     
  14. Material

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    +1 rep

    Consider that my mother is called Mrs Goodhead.
     
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  15. Madness_3d

    Madness_3d Bit-Tech/Asus OC Winner

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    Same, My HP Mini can't barely with even the SD stuff under win 7 any more :waah:

    And welcome new guy :thumb: One Question, What happens if you have a massive disagreement about something fundamental like Bit-Tech's View of SLI? Does a Nuclear War ensue? :clap:
     
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  16. webchimp

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    I tried the beta, and very quickly went back to the old version. It seems to take a lot longer to find what I want, I generally start with categories and then select whether I want to view either television or radio.

    Also, what happened to the "Last Played" feature? I often listen to long radio broadcasts and will dip in and out throghout the day, so it was great to carry on listening where you left off having shutdown or closed the browser. While the resume feature still works, I first have to find the program rather than having a direct link from the home page.

    I very much hope they don't ditch the old version yet.
     
  17. pimonserry

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    They haven't ditched the old one yet, just go to bbc.co.uk/iplayer rather than beta.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

    Also, there's a feedback button, so you could tell them that you want the Last Played feature and they might show you where it's hidden, or take your opinion into account before they un-beta it.
     
  18. Xir

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    Ouch :D
     
  19. Material

    Material Soco Amaretto Lime

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    I shouldn't think so, at the end of the day bit-tech's stance on subjects such as SLI, RAID & Crossfire are based in fact and empirical testing, so they are pretty difficult to argue against (though I'm sure that doesn't stop people trying).

    I'm almost sure I'm allowed my own opinion in more subjective areas such as games and the like. As long as I don't start slagging off Monkey Island and Deus Ex that is...
     
  20. CardJoe

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    Tread carefully, Padawan... ;)

    No, we're all allowed our own opinions, obviously. It's merely that, in reviews, we rely on certainties as far as possible.

    To be honest, I didn't even know we 'had a stance on SLI' (or even what the others think of it), which probably tells you as much as you need to know about how advanced my PC is and how rigidly our views are made to follow a company line. We prefer to be fair and right and varied, rather than consistent across the board.
     
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