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HD iPlayer Available on Virgin Media

When we were told there was no specific timetable for the HD iPlayer hitting Virgin Media, I feared the worst. Thankfully, I was wrong to do so because as of today, Virgin Media subscriber with an HD V+ set-top box can access the BBC's iPlayer in glorious high definition.

While there's no specific word on the quality available, it seems reasonable to assume Virgin Media is accessing the same 3.5Mbps H.264 encoded files as are available to the PC, Mac and Linux iPlayer client, and the BBC iPlayer website. The quality may not be up there with the best of Virgin Media or Sky's HD broadcasts, but it's definitely an improvement over the standard definition videos previously available.

The biggest issue with the HD iPlayer is the content available - not everything shown on BBC HD is available on the HD iPlayer. The selection is limited to programmes such as Robin Hood, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Later…with Jools Holland. While I'm sure that's good enough for many viewers, I'd like to see all of the BBC's HD content available on the iPlayer.

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Pbryanw

May 1, 2009, 10:29 pm

Yes, finally, more HD programs on Virgin! We may only have one HD channel, but at least we've got iPlayer HD content now - it may only be a small drop in the ocean compared to Sky's offerings, but it's a start.

Frankf9d

May 1, 2009, 11:10 pm

"good enough for many viewers, I'd like to see all of the BBC's HD content available on the iPlayer".


There isn't actually much else, for all their PR and bragging they dont contribute much to the HD viewing experience.


Night after night seems like a repeat of the previous nights screening.





Yes, I'm frightfully angry with them at the moment.

Ironduke

May 2, 2009, 12:41 am

everytime I access the iplayer it kicks me out pffft sort it out virgin media monkeys

Pbryanw

May 2, 2009, 4:31 am

Seems all right here in Grimsby, though I know that's not much comfort. Watched a bit of Jools Holland and, while it's not as good as the dedicated BBC HD channel, it was still a step above the normal on demand stuff from BBC iPlayer (on Virgin).

elle1ae

May 2, 2009, 5:34 am

While there's no specific word on the quality available, it seems reasonable to assume Virgin Media is accessing the same 3.5Mbps H.264 encoded files as are available to the PC, Mac and Linux iPlayer client, and the BBC iPlayer website."





Virgin are using approximately 18Mb/s for their BBC iPlayer HD ofering. It is by far the best BBC iPlayer picture quality yet.






Pbryanw

May 3, 2009, 12:10 am

Wow, that's good news elle. Now all we need are a few more HD channels from Virgin or, failing that, some more HD on demand stuff.

GherkingTR

May 3, 2009, 7:22 pm

I'm still waiting for iplayer on the Xbox 360. I know it can be done with a bit of jiggery-pokery after downloading to a networked pc, but...

shaunsk8

May 5, 2009, 6:09 pm

to be honest virgin are a waste of time i have never been happy with them. i have just purchased a new hd tv from www.digitaldirect.co.uk and they have offered me a sky hd box for &#16329. the hd package all in works out cheaper than virgin per month and it seems there is more hd content

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