Apps No BBC iPlayer for Apple TV - Updated: Change of mind and will now be available in "coming months"

BMox81

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Someone asked the BBC iPlayer Twitter if they were going to be making an app for the new Apple TV.

Their response:

@BBCiPlayer: @benjaminmumford Hi Ben, there are no plans currently, but you should still be able to use Airplay http://t.co/qnaUSZIPis
 

MikhailT

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Keep in mind that AppleTV SDK has only been out less than a week. Almost all companies have to do a lot of research to see if it is worth the investment and until then, they will not confirm or deny anything.

IIRC, BBC does want to be on as many platforms as they can, so I suspect we will see an app from them within the year.
 

Gav2k

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The bbc need to sort their **** out. They charge a fortune to watch second rate crap and can't even get my f1 coverage right causing me to spend more money on either sky, virgin or now tv for 1 channel. They need to stop paying stupid salaries and justify the fee! /rant
 

SnowLucas

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I'm pretty sure they made similar statements when the iPhone came out. The BBC are meant to be impartial and I think originally they were trying to avoid making apps for specific devices. However they are also expected to provide the content they produce to as many people in the U.K. As possible. Inevitably they developed apps for iOS and Android because that's what people wanted.

Basically the long winded point in trying to make is if the people want it the BBC will make it... eventually.
 

kiranmk2

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Would be good if we finally got HD playback. It's stupid that I still need to fire up the Xbox360 just for HD iPlayer...
Also, wait for All4 and ITV player to launch - that will get the BBC moving!
 

bigchrisfgb

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The BBC were probably responding in response to the current Apple TV. It will take a little time for them to realise a new one is coming out.
 
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Jay-Jacob

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Hope they will cos AirPlay useless for me cos if AirPlay video BBC iPlayer subtitles won't appear on screen. I have watch it iPad or Mac.
 

BingoBlue

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Still need ITV Player (or ITV Hub as it will be called shortly) plus ALL4 and 5oD onboard. Will keep my Rokus until then but looking forward to the future.

No doubt the fact iPlayer is going to be there will help greatly with getting the others onboard.
 

Kg4zlb

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So unless I have missed something, at this time both BBC iPlayer and ITV Player are not available outside of the UK. (Unless you use the sneaky route) so, (again I may have missed this), how is this of benefit to the rest of the World?
 

OllyW

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So unless I have missed something, at this time both BBC iPlayer and ITV Player are not available outside of the UK. (Unless you use the sneaky route) so, (again I may have missed this), how is this of benefit to the rest of the World?
It doesn't.

You are getting a mild dose of the Apple TV experience up to now of those customers who live outside the USA. ;)
 
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Kg4zlb

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You are getting a mild dose of the Apple TV experience up to now of those customers who live outside the USA.
As an English transplant with a VPN it makes no difference to me at all but I still can't see what all the fuss is about if they are still blocking it outside the UK!
 

Kg4zlb

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It's going to be quite useful for those of us who still live in the UK.
I guess so but I have always wondered why BBC and ITV/C4 etc restrict these apps to consumers who have normal TV access to the programs as they are broadcasted - surely the big benefit of these content delivery vehicles is to those people who can't just switch on their TV's and watch it live. I assume the DVR is quite popular so content can be recorded and watched later so BBC iPlayer is a bit redundant in the UK (maybe)
 
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