BBC archive

  • Sky+ updated with undelete function and Catch Up TV
    Home Cinema

    Sky+ updated with undelete function and Catch Up TV

    By 6 September 2012

    Sky+ is receiving an update that will enable the recall of programmes that have been deleted accidentally. The Undelete feature stores deleted programmes in a separate folder. Any programmes sitting in the deleted space can then be restored - or, if you’re...

  • BBC iPlayer shows can now be downloaded to your phone
    Online

    BBC iPlayer shows can now be downloaded to your phone

    By 4 September 2012

    Mobile phone users will now be able download TV shows on their mobile phone for the first time, via the iPlayer app the BBC has confirmed. "From Tuesday, licence fee-payers will be able to download BBC programmes from the iPlayer video-on-demand service...

  • Xbox 360 now also a radio, adds BBC radio stations via iPlayer app
    Gaming

    Xbox 360 now also a radio, adds BBC radio stations via iPlayer app

    By 31 August 2012

    The BBC has added its wide range of radio stations to its iPlayer app on the Xbox 360, allowing 360 owners to turn their console into a radio. Users will now be able to listen to BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio...

  • Adobe Flash Player returns to Google Play store in UK, thanks to BBC
    Phones

    Adobe Flash Player returns to Google Play store in UK, thanks to BBC

    By 30 August 2012

    Adobe Flash is available in the Google Play for UK Android users, following pressure from a group of strategic partners including the BBC. "Flash Player continues to be available on Google Play for users in the UK for a short while, due to requests from...

  • BBC iPlayer iOS app updated, Retina display graphics and improved video performance
    Apps

    BBC iPlayer iOS app updated, Retina display graphics and improved video performance

    By 13 August 2012

    The BBC has updated its iPlayer application for iOS devices, after listening to viewer feedback when deciding on improvements. Its headline enhancement for the BBC iPlayer app version 1.3.2 is able to make use of the Retina display on a new iPad. This...

  • 3D viewing up, but still small when it comes to the bigger picture
    Home Cinema

    3D viewing up, but still small when it comes to the bigger picture

    By 31 July 2012

    Some 113,000 people watched the London 2013 opening ceremony in 3D, figures confirm, sending mixed messages on whether the format is finally starting to be adopted, or  if it still has a long way to go before it proves itself in UK homes. The audience...

  • Super Hi-Vision eyes-on: London 2012 Olympics in 8k
    Televisions

    Super Hi-Vision eyes-on: London 2012 Olympics in 8k

    By 31 July 2012

    The Olympics have long been a test platform for new technology. Be it clever swimsuits or innovative sets of trainers, whatever you see at the Olympics is usually at the cutting edge. It doesn’t have to be just sports however, TV networks often use...

  • Virgin Media Olympic viewers shun internet services to focus on Opening Ceremony
    Home Cinema

    Virgin Media Olympic viewers shun internet services to focus on Opening Ceremony

    By 31 July 2012

    Almost 27 million people in the UK watched the London 2012 opening ceremony on Friday night on BBC One and BBC One HD, according to independent audience figures just released - and according to Virgin Media, they didn't multi-task in front of the TV either....

  • APP OF THE DAY: BBC Olympics review (Android/iPhone)
    Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: BBC Olympics review (Android/iPhone)

    By 30 July 2012

    The London 2012 Olympic Games are in full swing and there are plenty of ways to keep up with the action. The BBC has quite literally pulled out all the stops to make sure that you can enjoy the sports and with a presence on just about every platform;...

  • How to watch the Olympics online
    Televisions

    How to watch the Olympics online

    By 27 July 2012

    The games are almost upon us. Paul McCartney is prepping his hair and getting ready to treat us to a track by Wings (they're only the band the Beatles could have been). Beckham is getting ready to ride a horse and Daniel Craig is going to wow us with...

  • Free YouView box for all TalkTalk Plus customers
    Online

    Free YouView box for all TalkTalk Plus customers

    By 26 July 2012

    Customers who sign up to the TalkTalk Plus broadband and phone plan will now receive a free YouView set-top-box as part of their on-going subscriptions. The box, which enables users to catch-up with shows from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 as well...

  • I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.
    Televisions

    I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.

    By 6 July 2012

    The development of YouView has been a long and arduous affair, not just because of the technical hurdles, but because of other broadcasters and rights-holders. The service started as a brilliant notion that IP TV was quickly becoming a reality, and that...

  • YouView catch-up TV finally launched, available end July
    Online

    YouView catch-up TV finally launched, available end July

    By 4 July 2012

    YouView has announced on Wednesday that its TV set-top box will be available to buy from the end of July, bringing BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 on-demand content to UK homes, without the need for an ongoing subscription. The YouView project has been...

  • BBC iPlayer gets live TV rewind function
    Televisions

    BBC iPlayer gets live TV rewind function

    By 19 June 2012

    It's easy to forget that we have one of the best - if not THE best - catch-up TV services in the world, in iPlayer. Today, the BBC has announced that to make it one notch better, you will be able to restart a currently airing TV programme at the touch...

  • BBC announces Olympics coverage plans for tablets, smartphones, connected tv and online
    Tablets

    BBC announces Olympics coverage plans for tablets, smartphones, connected tv and online

    By 15 May 2012

    The BBC has announced ambitious plans for its Olympic coverage, with no fewer than 24 HD streams available and full video of every single sport across the Games.  On top of this, the BBC will launch a dedicated radio channel, Radio 5 Live Olympics extra,...

  • BBC Sport iPhone, Android, desktop and connected TV pictures and hands-on
    Tablets

    BBC Sport iPhone, Android, desktop and connected TV pictures and hands-on

    By 15 May 2012

    The Olympics is coming. Many will be glued to the TV watching as Usain Bolt goes for another world record. Others might be on the edge of their seats as Jamaica's bobsleigh team crashes out dramatically … no wait, that's a movie and the Winter Olympics....

  • BBC chooses Antiques Roadshow for second screen companion app action
    Tablets

    BBC chooses Antiques Roadshow for second screen companion app action

    By 3 May 2012

    The BBC is kick starting its companion screen plans with an application for PC, tablets, mobile phones and the BBC Red Button that will allow fans of Antiques Roadshow to play along with the programme when it returns to the screen in September. Announced...

  • Virgin Media joins Sky in offering London 2012 Olympics in 3D
    Televisions

    Virgin Media joins Sky in offering London 2012 Olympics in 3D

    By 18 April 2012

    As well as confirm that it will be carrying all 24 of the BBC's live London 2012 Olympic Games feeds, in both SD and HD, Virgin Media will be joining Sky in showing plenty of the action in 3D too. The BBC will be showing the opening and closing ceremonies...

  • London Digital Switchover starts today
    Home Cinema

    London Digital Switchover starts today

    By 4 April 2012

    The UK's TV Digital Switchover process has reached London at last, with the analogue version of BBC Two being the first to cease broadcast. Owners of televisions housing digital TV tuners, digital TV set-top-boxes and digital video recorders are advised...

  • BBC to broadcast every single minute of London Olympics across 24 HD channels
    Home Cinema

    BBC to broadcast every single minute of London Olympics across 24 HD channels

    By 3 April 2012

    The BBC is making its 24 separate HD-quality live video streams of the London Olympics available to cable and satellite broadcasters for the duration of the Games. That means the broadcaster is offering both Virgin Media and Sky the option to show every...

  • BBC gives green light to Canon EOS C300
    Cameras

    BBC gives green light to Canon EOS C300

    By 28 March 2012

    The BBC has given the go ahead to Canon’s EOS C300 HD camcorder being used for its range of high-definition channels. It means both internal and external BBC production teams can use the camera for their shows, as it is deemed to have met the European...

  • BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360 pictures and hands-on
    Gaming

    BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360 pictures and hands-on

    By 20 March 2012

    BBC iPlayer has landed on the Xbox 360. The service is now available free on every major games console, PCs, Macs and mobile phones. It is the latest video-based application to be added to the Xbox's library alongside the likes of Netflix and Lovefilm. ...

  • BBC to launch iTunes rival
    Online

    BBC to launch iTunes rival

    By 15 March 2012

    The BBC is to launch a premium download video service to take on the likes of Apple's ITunes. The move - part of an initiative called Project Barcelona - has long been rumoured but has now been officially confirmed by BBC director-general Mark Thompson....

  • Best Android apps for TV and movie fans
    Apps

    Best Android apps for TV and movie fans

    By 14 March 2012

    One of the most popular uses for tablets and phones is watching videos or catchup TV. From BBC iPlayer in bed, to movies on your travels, having a good-quality screen to hand makes your Android device a perfect choice for those who love television and...

  • Doctor Who: Worlds in Time now online
    Gaming

    Doctor Who: Worlds in Time now online

    By 12 March 2012

    Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, BBC Worldwide's first MMO featuring the globally successful Doctor, has left its preview period and is now live and free for all to play. This browser based MMO was designed by online games specialist Three Rings and is based...