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All Your Favourite Beeb Shows on Demand.
Member Name: kellface
Advantages: Updates several times a day. Your fav shows all on one site.
Disadvantages: Some programmes don't stay on the player for too long.
These days it's all about TV on Demand, there are so many different players available online for most TV channels. All the main stations have their own players, letting viewers choose when they want to watch their favourite shows. Pretty much every house has a PC these days, or a games console and most TV on demand players are available in different ways on a variety of platforms. The BBC iPlayer is also available on the Playstation 3, Wii, iPhone and iPad, however there isn't an app in the iTunes store, you can just use the BBC iPlayer via the bbc website on your iPad or iPhone using the Safari web browser.
It's simple and easy to use, with no downloading required. You simply go to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer and from there you can search for your favourite BBC shows across all of the channels;
You can browse shows by choosing a specific channel, or by entering some words into the search bar. There is an A-Z of shows available on the iPlayer you can simply browse through these, or you can select a genre from the following list for shows that you may like to watch;
Drama & Soaps
Lifestyle & Leisure
News & Current Affairs
Religion & Ethics
Audio Described & Signed
There are even Films on the BBC iPlayer, this was especially good for me around Christmas time when there was loads of movies on the BBC Channels they were available for a short time on the iPlayer. OK so they aren't going to be the latest releases or massive blockbusters but there are occasionally some pretty good films online.
There are featured shows on the iPlayer, or you can choose from the most popular shows or choose from your friends recommendations which are chosen via Facebook and Twitter, social networking websites are integrated in one way or another on most websites these days. Not only can you watch your favourite shows on the Beeb, but you can also listen to BBC Radio channels via the iPlayer. You can even browse other TV Channels like Channel 4 and ITV, however when you click on one of the shows you are then redirected to their individual media players on their websites as expected.
The layout of the iPlayer varies depending on what platform you are watching it on, but it's all pretty simple no matter how your using it. I mainly use the BBC iPlayer on my laptop or my Playstation 3 console. It's quick and easy to get online, and load up my favourite shows. I love the fact that I can choose when and where I want to watch my favourite shows.
When you finally choose a show you want to watch you simply click on it, the video will begin to load. You can choose to watch your chosen show in the current internet page, or in a new pop out window separate from your other browsing pages. There has recently been a massive update for the BBC iPlayer in which you can now download the iPlayer for your desktop and download your shows to it. This way you can download your favourite shows whilst your connected to the internet, and then watch them offline at a later time. I haven't downloaded the desktop as I just like to watch the programmes on my usual web browser. I only use a little Netbook and the software may be a little too much for my little lappy to deal with.
Id recommend anyone to at least give the BBC iPlayer a try you can choose what you want to watch and when, no fussy downloads and no restrictions. You can watch shows on the move on your smart phone or tablet as long as you have a 3G connection, or you can watch them via normal internet connection. There are hundreds of shows to choose from with more added daily. The BBC iPlayer updates at least several times a day as soon as new shows have been on the TV, however some are on for longer than others.
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