BBC rolls out new iPlayer

The BBC is to launch a new version of the iPlayer along with the first stage of a new Amazon-style programme recommendation offering – although this will only be available to those who register. Integration of the BBC’s Radio Player with the iPlayer broadband video service will include the development of a “visual identity” for audio output and a full schedule for the first time.

The integration of the BBC’s radio output will launch as a test “beta” version this week, accessible by clicking an icon on the existing iPlayer website.

New rights deals will also allow listeners to fully rewind and fast forward BBC radio content online for the first time. A mobile version of the TV element of the integrated iPlayer, for the iPhone and iPod Touch, will also be available.

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