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  • Red Nose Day: David Walliams hosts 24 hour online panel show
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    Red Nose Day: David Walliams hosts 24 hour online panel show

    By 4 March 2011

    David Walliams is hosting a 24-hour online panel show this weekend in order to raise funds for Red Nose Day and Comic Relief. Starting at 12pm Saturday 5 March and running until, obviously, 12pm Sunday 6 March, 24 Hour Panel People will be exclusively...

  • International BBC iPlayer iPad app coming in 2011
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    International BBC iPlayer iPad app coming in 2011

    By 2 March 2011

    Back in December last year Pocket-lint told you how the BBC had global plans for its flagship video-on-demand vessel, the iPlayer. And now, speaking at the FT Digital Media & Broadcasting conference in London, BBC director general Mark Thompson said that...

  • BBC iPlayer introduces Partner Linking
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    BBC iPlayer introduces Partner Linking

    By 17 February 2011

    First announced back in May 2010, the BBC has finally gone live with its Partner Linking within the iPlayer, meaning that you'll be able to search for loads more online video on demand content using the platform, not just programmes shown on the Beeb....

  • iPad and Android BBC iPlayer apps enjoy bumper launches
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    iPad and Android BBC iPlayer apps enjoy bumper launches

    By 14 February 2011

    The BBC has revealed that the iPad iPlayer app was downloaded 54,511 times in the first 24 hours from the App Store. The Beeb also stated that, on the first day of the new iOS and Android platforms (Thursday 10 February) 50 per cent of all programme requests...

  • BBC iPlayer for iPad hands-on
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    BBC iPlayer for iPad hands-on

    By 10 February 2011

    Having broken the news earlier that the BBC would be launching a BBC iPlayer for iPad app this week, it’s only fitting that Pocket-lint is one of the first sites to bring you a hands-on experience of the new application, now that it’s available...

  • BBC iPlayer Android app to land this week
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    BBC iPlayer Android app to land this week

    By 8 February 2011

    We told you earlier how a loose-lipped BBC interactive operations manager had spilled the beans regarding a 10 February release for the native iPad iPlayer app, and now Daniel Danker, the Beeb's GM of on-demand, has confirmed that an Android version will...

  • YouView delayed until February 2012
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    YouView delayed until February 2012

    By 8 February 2011

    New video-on-demand platform YouView has been delayed until next year, according to one of Pocket-lint's trusted sources. It was previously reported that the service, formerly called Project Canvas, had been pushed back to summertime, but we now understand...

  • BBC iPlayer for iPad downloading 10 February
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    BBC iPlayer for iPad downloading 10 February

    By 8 February 2011

    Like your iPad? Like the BBC iPlayer? Well, according to Geoff Marshall, a loose-lipped BBC Interactive operations manager, you’ll be able to enjoy both from Thursday. The Beeb is launching a dedicated iPlayer App for iPad this week. “iPlayer App...

  • Full BBC Red Button platform lands on Freesat
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    Full BBC Red Button platform lands on Freesat

    By 28 January 2011

    The BBC has announced that its Red Button service is now fully operational for Freesat viewers. Previously Freesaters only had access to limited content and not the whole shebang. For example, during December Freesat viewers were not able to see bonus...

  • BBC iPlayer apps to land on iPhone and iPad soon
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    BBC iPlayer apps to land on iPhone and iPad soon

    By 27 January 2011

    The BBC iPlayer apps for the iPhone and iPad are "nearing a release" according to a report by Paid Content. The iOS apps, which will replace the browser / video player workaround that is currently in place, will apparently hit the App Store before the...

  • Doctor Who Character Building figures: Like Timelord-shaped Lego Minifigs
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    Doctor Who Character Building figures: Like Timelord-shaped Lego Minifigs

    By 26 January 2011

    Character Options, one of the fastest growing toy companies in the UK, has a mighty range of licensed properties, including the BBC's Doctor Who, which will be gracing all manner of toys and playsets in the coming months. But the most exciting of those...

  • BBC Online faces massive cull
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    BBC Online faces massive cull

    By 24 January 2011

    The BBC has announced huge cutbacks to its online offerings, with hundreds of jobs and websites to be axed in a move that will slash £34 million from its online budget. 180 websites will go offline this year, with this number reaching 200 (almost half...

  • BBC technology boss Erik Huggers moves to Intel
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    BBC technology boss Erik Huggers moves to Intel

    By 18 January 2011

    The BBC’s head of technology Erik Huggers has announced he is leaving the corporation to head up Intel's Digital Home group. In an official statement from Intel, the company says that Erik Huggers will serve as corporate vice president and general manager...

  • BBC iPlayer records big Christmas boom
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    BBC iPlayer records big Christmas boom

    By 18 January 2011

    The BBC is well and truly in the video-on-demand business now, and it seems that business is a boomin'. The BBC iPlayer monthly performance pack has just been released and shows how Auntie cleaned up at Christmas, breaking records left, right and centre....

  • 2011 Formula 1 to be shown in HD
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    2011 Formula 1 to be shown in HD

    By 12 January 2011

    Formula One Management (FOM) has confirmed that all races for next season's championship will be shot in HD with the feed being provided to all providers. And the good news is that the BBC has confirmed that its coverage will be available to UK race-fans...

  • VIDEO: Ronnie Corbett lampoons BlackBerry for Christmas TV special
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    VIDEO: Ronnie Corbett lampoons BlackBerry for Christmas TV special

    By 23 December 2010

    It's been a fair old while since The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker, have graced our screens at Christmas time. And, obviously, as Mr Barker is no longer with us, that's only something which can be achieved in repeat form (or with the aid...

  • BBC iPlayer celebrates: Record 1.3bn requests for 2010
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    BBC iPlayer celebrates: Record 1.3bn requests for 2010

    By 23 December 2010

    The BBC has published its stats for its iPlayer service, and it makes for some impressive reading as Auntie celebrates "a record breaking 2010". Throughout 2010 the BBC is reporting that its iPlayer has dealt with 1.3 billion streaming requests throughout...

  • Tories latest cut: Internet porn?
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    Tories latest cut: Internet porn?

    By 20 December 2010

    Communications minister Ed Vaizey is set to meet the top ISP's "in the near future" to discuss the possibility of internet pornography being automatically blocked in the UK. It is suggested that the Government is keen to switch to a blanket block, with...

  • BBC iPlayer to go Global with iPad subscription service
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    BBC iPlayer to go Global with iPad subscription service

    By 2 December 2010

    Like Sir Francis Drake in 1577, the Beeb has global plans for its flagship vessel and the British will attempt to conquer the world once more....well, at least get it watching a bit of UK telly. That's right, the BBC iPlayer is going global with plans...

  • LG LX9900 software update brings iPlayer, Twitter, Facebook and more
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    LG LX9900 software update brings iPlayer, Twitter, Facebook and more

    By 14 November 2010

    Owners of the LG LX9900 television have been given a treat this weekend with a new software update that brings a number of new streaming services to users who’ve bothered to have it connected. The new update, which should automatically appear when you...

  • BBC iPlayer for BlackBerry breaks out
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    BBC iPlayer for BlackBerry breaks out

    By 5 November 2010

    BlackBerry lovers (RIM lovers would have just been too much wouldn't it?) are in for a BBC flavoured treat as the iPlayer has landed in the BlackBerry App World. The official app means that BlackBerry users can now view the best of the Beeb on the go,...

  • BBC One HD tunes in 3 November
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    BBC One HD tunes in 3 November

    By 21 October 2010

    BBC One HD will hit your screens at 7pm on 3 November, with The One Show kicking things off. And, the good news is that it will be available on many different TV platforms including Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview and Freesat. On the first night you'll be...

  • BBC launches new HD Sound service
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    BBC launches new HD Sound service

    By 18 October 2010

    High-quality radio is on its way to the BBC courtesy of the newly announced HD Sound service. Launching initially via the BBC Radio 3 website stream, the service will offer "improved encoding and higher bit rates to offer the BBC's highest audio quality...

  • BBC reveals plans for iPlayer - including mobile phone remote control
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    BBC reveals plans for iPlayer - including mobile phone remote control

    By 18 October 2010

    Speaking at the Samsung Smart TV conference in London, The BBC's senior business development manager of Future Media and Technology, Charles Tigges, looked forward to the next 24 months of BBC iPlayer and spoke of some interesting new developments for...

  • Keeping up with the Ryder Cup
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    Keeping up with the Ryder Cup

    By 4 October 2010

    Golf's 2010 Ryder Cup has made history in two ways - not only is it the first sporting tournament to be shown in 3D, it's also the first time in the cup's 83-year run that play has carried on until the Monday - a result of the glorious UK weather. Thanks...