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iPlayer Downloads Enabled On Media Players


iPlayer Downloads Enabled On Media Players

I've long promoted the BBC's iPlayer as a fantastic example of how digital distribution should work, notwithstanding the few flaws Riyad espoused recently. With the rollout of downloads for portable media players, the BBC just added yet another feather to the iPlayer's cap.

Similar to PC downloads, the media player files are protected with DRM, so only certain players can play them. The BBC has tested using the Sony Walkman E and S series, Archos 605 WIFI and Internet Media Tablet, Philips GoGear 52xx series, Samsung YP-P2 and YP-Q1 and the Nokia N96. However, there should be no reason why any media player compatible with Window's DRM can't play downloaded files.

For the interested, these files are encoded in 320 x 180, WMV with 500kb/s video and 128kb/s audio. Newly released programs are already being encoded in this format. While not explicitly stated in the announcement, it seems reasonable to assume that PMP files will also have restricted playback time.


BBC Internet Blog.

P.S. Incidentally, I highly recommend everyone checks out Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul on the radio side of the iPlayer. That concludes today's broadcast.


October 9, 2008, 6:29 pm

Wow, cool news! But no N95 love? Just N96?


October 9, 2008, 6:39 pm

It should work, but the BBC guys haven't tested it, so they won't say it works for definite.


October 9, 2008, 6:55 pm

Zune compatible? I'm probably one of the only 0.1% of brits to have a Zune (which I love). It'd be great to be able to download and view things from iPlayer.


October 9, 2008, 7:34 pm

I actually asked a mate who has a Zune to look into that - apparently it does work.


October 9, 2008, 8:58 pm

I can confirm it doesn't work on a Cowon D2 under Firmware 3.57 :(

May test it later under 2.57 because as I understand the Korean (3.57) firmware doesn't have the ability to playback DRM protected files but the European (2.57) version does


October 10, 2008, 3:00 am

can anyone confirm if this works on windows mobile?


October 10, 2008, 2:46 pm

Thanks Hugo, don't suppose you have the first part of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, which I managed to miss?


October 10, 2008, 7:16 pm

I don't, sorry. And even if I did I couldn't supply it :)


October 11, 2008, 12:34 am

It may be a measure of the popularity of the TR site, I just tried to play again a Radio 3 music prog via iplayer and all I could get was a message to the effect of, "Doesn't appear to be working at the moment, try again later".

I am not bitter, all that much.

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