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A Great leap in changing the ways we watched TV
Member Name: gondor300
Advantages: You will never miss anything. Easy access and use.Great and attractive interface.No ads or banners
Disadvantages: Content are held for limited time.A straightforward download service is lacking.
The BBC Iplayer seen its inception has become integral part of many people lives and has totally changed the landscape of how we watched. No longer we are forced to quit from our daily activites to catch up our favourite programmes or has to scratch our heads to choose which channel to watch when there are two equally-niced shows at the same time.
BBC iplayer is simply a Video-On-Demand or catch up service that allows you to watch BBC contents (TV and Radio) after they are being broadcasted. Users just need to access the BBC iplayer website and search and click the videos of their liking.The interface is quite simple and straightforward and what is really great is the lack of advertisements. Suppose you are a big fan of Eastenders and its earth-shattering plots and dramas but you are working during the show's aring time and you seriously do not want to watch the Omnibus version on Sundays, you still have the Iplayer to watch the episodes you missed by the click of a button once they have aired on TV.
The service is free provided you have a TV license, an internet connection and a bit of free will but the contents are only available for a limited time normally within a period of '7 days'. So do not worry if have you already ordered the complete collection of 'Dad's Army' because well you cannot find them on the Iplayer.
While the concept of BBC catch-up service is great and allows us to watch the shows we want at the time we want, the Iplayer can still fall victims to its own success. Sometimes videos are slow to load and can stop midway through during peak hours. Some contents such as Match of the Day 2 are not readily available and less-known shows are not regular updated.
The Iplayer has also some interesting features where you can manage your own programs are you are recommeded certain shows based on your viewing. There is the option to watch program in High Definition depending on your computer and broadband service.You also have the possibility to stream through your Iphone and Ipad by downloading the respective apps and access to a Download service which uses peer-to-peer file sharing where you can keep the content for 30 days only.
The Iplayer is truly a great service and is far above other channels own Video on Demand service in terms of speed, less hassle, variety of programmes and easily available to anyone and personally speaking, it has provide me a new way to watch the things that I like.(Eastenders not included)
Summary: Great and Free catch-up Tv service.
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