We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

BBC iPlayer available through TV sets

Virgin customers press red button to access service

The BBC iPlayer is to be available though TV sets following a BBC deal with Virgin Media.

By simply tuning to any BBC channel and pressing the red button Virgin Media customers can access the iPlayer and catch up with their favourite shows from the past seven days. TV titles available include 'Top Gear', 'Eastenders' and 'The Apprentice' .

Malcolm Wall, CEO of content at Virgin Media, said: "The enormous success of iPlayer online has demonstrated the desire TV viewers have for viewing quality programmes at a time that suits them, and now it's available from the comfort of the living room."

Ashley Highfield, the BBC's director of future media and technology, said: "We have always envisaged BBC iPlayer on a TV platform and in the living room."

It is rumoured the BBC is in discussions with a number of other TV and mobile phone companies about launching versions of the iPlayer not tied to the PC.

See also:

Ofcom: BBC not accountable for 'web meltdown'

and

BBC iPlayer attracts 1m users per week

Visit Digital World for the latest digital audio, games and home-entertainment news and reviews


IDG UK Sites

Best iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deals: Find the best contract for your new iPad

IDG UK Sites

The iPhone is doomed. Doomed to be marginally less successful than a very successful thing.

IDG UK Sites

How to prototype native mobile apps without writing code

IDG UK Sites

How to prepare for and update to OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install Apple's...