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  • BBC iPlayer app for Android updated, 3G streaming enabled
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    BBC iPlayer app for Android updated, 3G streaming enabled

    By 27 February 2012

    The BBC has confirmed that an update to its BBC iPlayer app for Android is now available. The news was announced by the BBC via Twitter. The new update brings 3G streaming, so you'll be able watch EastEnders no matter where you are, not just when sitting...

  • Sky F1 HD: The BBC came to us to save its Formula One rights
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    Sky F1 HD: The BBC came to us to save its Formula One rights

    By 20 February 2012

    Many Formula One fans were shocked when they heard that Sky was to become the major broadcaster for the motorsport's forthcoming season and beyond, bemoaning that the broadcaster and paid TV platform was nigh-on stealing the rights from terrestrial television....

  • London 2012 Olympics in 3D thanks to the BBC
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    London 2012 Olympics in 3D thanks to the BBC

    By 15 February 2012

    The BBC is to enter the third dimension once again, after the successful 3D trial that took place during the Wimbledon tennis Championships back in June, and will broadcast some of the London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D. And the good news is that, as long...

  • Best iPad apps to turn your tablet into a TV
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    Best iPad apps to turn your tablet into a TV

    By 14 February 2012

    Whether you are laid up in bed, or merely trying to avoid having a second TV in your bedroom - in the bath, your spare house, the car, or anywhere else for that matter - and if you've got an iPad, then there are plenty of apps that will help it become...

  • Sky Anytime+ soon to be open to customers on other ISPs - BBC iPlayer inbound too
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    Sky Anytime+ soon to be open to customers on other ISPs - BBC iPlayer inbound too

    By 30 January 2012

    Sky and the BBC have announced a partnership to bring iPlayer to Sky Anytime+, which is available on Sky+HD and the latest black Sky+ boxes. In addition, Sky will be relaxing its rules on who can access Sky Anytime+, allowing subscribers to its satellite...

  • BBC News for Android tablets finally begins broadcasting
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    BBC News for Android tablets finally begins broadcasting

    By 26 January 2012

    The BBC has announced that its popular BBC News app is now available on Android tablets. The app, which launched for smaller sized Android handsets back in May last year, is on offer for tablets sized 7.2 inches and above, running Android 3.0+. The design...

  • iPad and Skype come to BBC Cricket Test Match Special's rescue
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    iPad and Skype come to BBC Cricket Test Match Special's rescue

    By 19 January 2012

    England has taken a battering in the first test match against Pakistan over in Dubai. But it isn't just Andrew Strauss and the team who are under pressure, the broadcasting circuits in the media centre at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and a...

  • Sherlock sets new record for BBC iPlayer
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    Sherlock sets new record for BBC iPlayer

    By 8 January 2012

    BBC One drama Sherlock has become the most watched show on the BBC iPlayer according to Hitwise, a data analysis company that specialises in monitoring the web. According to the company, 4.3m Brits visited the BBC iPlayer site on the 2 January following...

  • Lovefilm strikes ITV and BBC deals
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    Lovefilm strikes ITV and BBC deals

    By 6 January 2012

    Lovefilm has announced two new deals to add additional content to its Lovefilm Instant service. Deals with ITV and BBC Worldwide will enable customers to access shows from both channels via the Lovefilm service.  Subscribers to Lovefilm can already watch...

  • Doctor Who: Worlds in Time pictures and hands-on
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    Doctor Who: Worlds in Time pictures and hands-on

    By 20 December 2011

    Just as Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massive multiplayer online game of one hugely popular sci-fi franchise launches, another hits the 'net. And this one is free to play. Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is BBC Worldwide's first MMO featuring the globally...

  • Netflix signs up BBC for UK launch
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    Netflix signs up BBC for UK launch

    By 20 December 2011

    Netflix has snapped up a digital licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide ahead of its arrival in the United Kingdom and Ireland, meaning access to the wealth of Beeb goodies. The deal means shows such as Spooks, Little Britain, Torchwood and classics like...

  • BBC Red Button enhanced sports app kicks off on Virgin Media
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    BBC Red Button enhanced sports app kicks off on Virgin Media

    By 19 December 2011

    The BBC has teamed up with Virgin Media to announce that a new, enhanced and sporty Red Button service will be landing on the cable giant's TiVo platform next year. The BBC Sport app will hit the clever set-top box in 2012, along with the BBC News app...

  • BBC iPlayer iPhone app finally arrives
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    BBC iPlayer iPhone app finally arrives

    By 12 December 2011

    It has been a long time coming but, at last, you can get rid of that BBC iPlayer icon that is cunningly disguised as an app on your iPhone's homescreen - the BBC iPlayer iPhone app has finally gone live in the Apple App Store. The launch comes as the...

  • BBC broadcasting 3D Strictly Come Dancing
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    BBC broadcasting 3D Strictly Come Dancing

    By 9 December 2011

    The BBC is to enter the third dimension once again, following the successful 3D trial that took place during the Wimbledon tennis Championships back in June. Only there are no ball bags in sight this time (Robbie Savage was voted off last week) and it's...

  • No BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360 Dashboard update
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    No BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360 Dashboard update

    By 5 December 2011

    The Xbox 360 Dashboard update hits tomorrow (6 December), but while it comes with plenty of new features and applications for content providers, including 4OD and Demand 5, the much-touted BBC iPlayer won't be one of them. Yet. Pocket-lint has been told,...

  • BBC iPlayer finally streams into North America
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    BBC iPlayer finally streams into North America

    By 1 December 2011

    The BBC iPlayer has finally crossed the Atlantic and can now be accessed on our North American cousins' iPads using the International BBC iPlayer iPad. Unfortunatley for our Stateside readers, we're referring to Canada here - and not the US of A. The...

  • BBC homepage drops beta tag, goes live to the masses
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    BBC homepage drops beta tag, goes live to the masses

    By 30 November 2011

    The new BBC homepage, that appeared in beta from back in September, has gone live for real and is displayed in all of its glory to everyone (in the UK, at least) visiting Auntie's website. "Results from the beta test site indicate that the majority of...

  • BBC HD canned, returns as BBC Two HD
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    BBC HD canned, returns as BBC Two HD

    By 6 October 2011

    The BBC is likely to close the BBC HD channel and replace it with a high definition version of BBC Two.  The BBC HD channel is well known for its pioneering of HD broadcasts in the UK, including things like Planet Earth and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships...

  • BBC keen to play with, not against, social networks
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    BBC keen to play with, not against, social networks

    By 21 September 2011

    At a briefing at its west London HQ to announce the new BBC homepage Ian Hunter, managing editor of BBC Online, was keen to stress that, although the homepage had social aspects to it and that the BBC's website offered numerous sharing tools, the corporation...

  • New BBC homepage coming for smartphones, tablets and TVs too
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    New BBC homepage coming for smartphones, tablets and TVs too

    By 21 September 2011

    If you thought that the BBC's new homepage looked like it'd be a perfect fit for a smartphone or a tablet, then you'd be right. The homepage was built with Auntie's "1 service, 10 products, 4 screens" policy in mind - and a smartphone, tablet and even,...

  • BBC Online keeps it simple for refreshed homepage
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    BBC Online keeps it simple for refreshed homepage

    By 21 September 2011

    Head on over to the BBC's website and you'll be presented with an option to use a beta version of the new BBC Online homepage, a test-bed for what will become the standard homepage in the next couple of months. The beta has just gone live and presents...

  • BBC to broadcast Olympics in Super Hi Vision
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    BBC to broadcast Olympics in Super Hi Vision

    By 29 August 2011

    The BBC is to blast our eyes with ultra-crispy Super Hi Vision resolution during the Olympics via three 15 metre high screens. The gargantuan televisions will make an appearance at the Beeb's own Pacific Quay building in Glasgow, the National Media Museum...

  • BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK
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    BBC details crowd-sourced 3G mobile coverage for UK

    By 24 August 2011

    The BBC's 3G coverage report has just been published, with findings that reveal that 3G cover is still not up to the standards many operators would have us believe. Taking part in the crowd-sourced survey were 46,000 volunteers, who downloaded an app...

  • BBC upgrades iPlayer for your TV, PS3 users first to get it
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    BBC upgrades iPlayer for your TV, PS3 users first to get it

    By 8 August 2011

    The BBC has announced the launch of a brand new version of its, now famed, BBC iPlayer which has been redesigned specifically for your TV. In the past, use of the iPlayer on the television, often through the PlayStation 3 or a connected TV, although popular,...

  • Sky to broadcast Formula 1 live from 2012
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    Sky to broadcast Formula 1 live from 2012

    By 29 July 2011

    BSkyB has won the right to broadcast Formula One races, plus qualifying and practice sessions live from 2012 to 2018. The deal has been struck in partnership with current F1 broadcaster The BBC, who will also still screen half of the season's races and...