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BBC tackles World Cup latency issues, future 4K HDR events shouldn't lag
BBC tackles World Cup latency issues, future 4K HDR events shouldn't lag By Rik Henderson

The BBC's live Ultra HD trials during the World Cup were excellent in picture quality terms, especially with the inclusion of HLG (HDR) technology, but the most common complaint was that the football was shown 30 seconds or more behind the general broadcast... Read more

BBC brings Edinburgh Fringe to smart speakers with late night laughs
BBC brings Edinburgh Fringe to smart speakers with late night laughs By Chris Hall

The BBC will be piping some of the Edinburgh Fringe into a smart speaker near you, thanks to BBC Late Night Laugh. From 6pm on 3 August, you'll be able to ask your smart speaker to access "BBC Late Night Laugh" and you'll get highlights from the Fringe... Read more

BBC makes your smart TV even smarter, with green button restart
BBC makes your smart TV even smarter, with green button restart By Rik Henderson

The BBC has launched a new, simple way for Freeview smart TV owners to restart BBC shows from the beginning, even if they come in midway through.By pressing the green button on any favourite BBC show - on BBC One, One HD, Two, Two HD and BBC Four - you... Read more

How to watch the World Cup in 4K HDR with BBC iPlayer
How to watch the World Cup in 4K HDR with BBC iPlayer By Dan Grabham

This has been one of the best World Cup tournaments we can remember - even with England's exit at the semi-final stage - and the BBC is offering the opportunity to watch the final in 4K.All the BBC's games have been available on certain, 4K HDR-supporting... Read more

How to watch Wimbledon in 4K on BBC iPlayer, Sky Q and Virgin TV
How to watch Wimbledon in 4K on BBC iPlayer, Sky Q and Virgin TV By Rik Henderson

This year's Wimbledon tennis tournament starts today, Monday 2 July, and you can watch much of it in 4K Ultra HD. In fact, some of the matches will be available with the stunning HDR contrast and colour tech too.Just like the World Cup, the BBC is showing... Read more

BBC Sounds app launches as a personalised music service for the "new generation"
BBC Sounds app launches as a personalised music service for the "new generation" By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced it will be launching a brand new app later today on iOS, Android and Amazon devices that will collate all of the Beeb's live and on demand radio, music and podcasts into one app, to make it easier to discover new music. The BBC's... Read more

How to watch BBC iPlayer in the US and elsewhere
How to watch BBC iPlayer in the US and elsewhere By Carrie Marshall

The BBC would prefer you to live-stream BBC America when you’re in America.You’re British, you pay your British TV licence but you’re not in Britain – but thanks to iPlayer you can still tune in to your favourite shows. Right?It’s a bit more... Read more

You can watch the World Cup from your own private VR box
You can watch the World Cup from your own private VR box By Rik Henderson

The BBC's World Cup VR app is now live on Android, iOS and Gear VR and will be available on PlayStation VR later today, in time for the first World Cup match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. If you want to be in a World Cup stadium this summer but haven't... Read more

Last 10 seasons of Doctor Who now available to watch on BBC iPlayer for free
Last 10 seasons of Doctor Who now available to watch on BBC iPlayer for free By Rik Henderson

The BBC has made all episodes in the last 10 seasons of Doctor Who available to view for free on BBC iPlayer, including 13 specials, in the build up to the new season starting this autumn.Jodie Whittaker officially takes over as the 13th Doctor this year... Read more

BBC iPlayer to stream all BBC World Cup 2018 matches in 4K HDR
BBC iPlayer to stream all BBC World Cup 2018 matches in 4K HDR By Rik Henderson

The BBC has announced that it will host 4K HDR livestreams of all 29 of BBC One's World Cup 2018 matches on iPlayer.It will show them as part of its live 4K trials, as started with the York City Knights and Catalans Dragons rugby match in April.You will... Read more

BBC Earth: Life in VR launches alongside Lenovo Mirage Solo, explore the natural world first hand
BBC Earth: Life in VR launches alongside Lenovo Mirage Solo, explore the natural world first hand By Rik Henderson

The BBC has announced its virtual reality application, BBC Earth: Life in VR, is launching alongside the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset. Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400 The game, that has previously... Read more

BBC iPlayer broadcasts live sport in 4K HDR ahead of World Cup 2018
BBC iPlayer broadcasts live sport in 4K HDR ahead of World Cup 2018 By Rik Henderson

Over the weekend, the BBC successfully broadcast a live sporting event in 4K HDR in order to trial the feasibility of doing so for the Russia World Cup and/or beyond.It streamed the Rugby League match between York City Knights and Catalans Dragons in... Read more

The BBC's latest app enables kids to get creative with CBBC shows and characters
The BBC's latest app enables kids to get creative with CBBC shows and characters By Dan Grabham

The BBC does like to experiment with new apps from time to time and has tried hard to curate its content in meaningful ways. The latest app is for under 13s and it'll be available on Amazon Fire, Android and iOS and devices for free.Called CBBC Buzz and... Read more

Why you need to register and sign in for BBC iPlayer
Why you need to register and sign in for BBC iPlayer By Rik Henderson

 BBC iPlayer now requires you to sign in to watch programmes. But why? Here's everything you need to know about the new BBC iPlayer sign-in, including how to register for an account and the benefits it brings.In September 2016, the BBC outlined changes... Read more

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series
Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series By Elyse Betters

BBC has a new interactive experience for you to enjoy.Last year, the broadcasting company, which is well-known for its radio plays, announced interactive plays that listeners could tune into via an Amazon Echo or Google Home and actively participate in... Read more

BBC Civilisations AR app turns your living room into the best museum
BBC Civilisations AR app turns your living room into the best museum By Rik Henderson

This spring, the BBC will broadcast Civilisations – a mammoth, lavish documentary series that does for art what Blue Planet and Planet Earth do for the animal kingdom.Presented by Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga, the programmes look at artworks... Read more

Now you can watch Blue Planet II in 4K HDR even without a HLG TV
Now you can watch Blue Planet II in 4K HDR even without a HLG TV By Rik Henderson

The BBC has released Blue Planet II on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, so those with 4K HDR TVs that aren't HLG enabled can get the very best pictures at home.A 4K HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) version of the seven episode series was released on BBC iPlayer in early December,... Read more

Pilot Doctor Who's Tardis through time and space in Time Vortex VR game
Pilot Doctor Who's Tardis through time and space in Time Vortex VR game By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced the release of a new Doctor Who VR game, that will see you pilot the Tardis through the Time Vortex from the show's opening title sequence. Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget The game requires players to avoid... Read more

Blue Planet II now available in 4K HDR on BBC iPlayer for free, here's how to watch it
Blue Planet II now available in 4K HDR on BBC iPlayer for free, here's how to watch it By Rik Henderson

The BBC has released its first full series in 4K Ultra HD and with HLG (HDR) wider colours and contrast too.The entire seven-episode series of Blue Planet II is now available on BBC iPlayer to stream in 4K HDR on compatible televisions.It's not the first... Read more

A whole host of BBC boxsets are coming back to iPlayer for Christmas: Peaky Blinders, Planet Earth, Sherlock and more
A whole host of BBC boxsets are coming back to iPlayer for Christmas: Peaky Blinders, Planet Earth, Sherlock and more By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced it will be bringing back a bucketload of box sets back to the iPlayer from 16 December, just in time for the holiday period, so viewers will always have something to watch. Whether it be finally watching a series you've been meaning... Read more

You can now interact with BBC's new radio play using your Echo speaker
You can now interact with BBC's new radio play using your Echo speaker By Elyse Betters

BBC has launched its interactive radio story for Amazon Echo.The broadcasting company, well-known for its radio plays, recently announced a new project: a comedy/science fiction play, titled The Inspection Chamber. It partnered with an audio company,... Read more

BBC to broadcast an extra 1,000 hours of live sport a year online
BBC to broadcast an extra 1,000 hours of live sport a year online By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced that it plans to broadcast an extra 1,000 hours of sport a year via its online channels such as the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer on-demand streaming service. BBC to spend £34 million to win kids back from Netflix BBC will reinvent... Read more

BBC launches iPlayer Radio app for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
BBC launches iPlayer Radio app for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced a brand new version of its iPlayer Radio app, designed specifically for use in the car when connected to an Android Auto or Apple CarPlay system. Apple CarPlay explored: Taking iOS on the road Android Auto explored: Taking Google... Read more

How to watch Edinburgh Festival 2017 acts online, BBC streams shows live
How to watch Edinburgh Festival 2017 acts online, BBC streams shows live By Rik Henderson

Edinburgh Festival 2017 is in full swing and from today you can watch some of the shows live online.The BBC is streaming several acts that appear in its own Blue Tents in Edinburgh and they have started already. There will be live streams available today,... Read more

The BBC wants you to use your voice to sign into digital services
The BBC wants you to use your voice to sign into digital services By Max Langridge

The BBC has partnered with Microsoft to develop a new concept to sign into digital services, and ultimately control your TV viewing.Just as how we use our unique fingerprints to sign into our phones and authenticate payments, our voice is unique to use... Read more

BBC to spend £34 million to win kids back from Netflix
BBC to spend £34 million to win kids back from Netflix By Rik Henderson

The BBC is set to announce £34 million worth of new incentives in order to win back kids from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video.Falling viewing figures of children's TV has forced the Beeb to assess kids' viewing habits and it has realised... Read more

BBC Store to close, get a refund for any digital TV shows you bought
BBC Store to close, get a refund for any digital TV shows you bought By Rik Henderson

The BBC is closing its online digital content store, BBC Store, on 1 November 2017, just two-years after its launch. It is also shutting the cloud content locker so those who bought shows through the service will no longer be able to access their paid-for... Read more

Doctor Who Knock Knock episode offers spooky binaural soundtrack that will freak you out
Doctor Who Knock Knock episode offers spooky binaural soundtrack that will freak you out By Rik Henderson

The BBC will be airing an episode of Doctor Who this coming weekend that features an amazing binaural soundtrack. That means that those who view it while wearing headphones will get spooky, incredible spatial sound that seems as if the effects are all... Read more

Planet Earth II 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in HDR: How to watch it and what to expect
Planet Earth II 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in HDR: How to watch it and what to expect By Rik Henderson

BBC Worldwide decided that Planet Earth II would be its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release and for good reason. It was originally shot and rendered in 4K so it should look stunning in the native format.In addition, the Ultra HD BD release of the nature... Read more

Missed Tom Hardy's Taboo? You can watch the entire box set on BBC iPlayer for free
Missed Tom Hardy's Taboo? You can watch the entire box set on BBC iPlayer for free By Rik Henderson

Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, has been one of the BBC's most talked about drama series for years and if you've missed it you're in for a treat; the entire box-set will be available to watch for free on BBC iPlayer for more than a month.The eight-episode... Read more

BBC iPlayer will reinvent itself by 2020 to be "number one online TV service in the UK"
BBC iPlayer will reinvent itself by 2020 to be "number one online TV service in the UK" By Max Langridge

BBC director general Lord Hall has said he plans to totally reinvent the BBC iPlayer by 2020 to increase its reach and become a "must-visit destination". One way Lord Hall plans to update the service to make it more popular is to make some programmes... Read more

How to get the BBC iPlayer 4K Ultra HD Planet Earth 2 trial on your TV
How to get the BBC iPlayer 4K Ultra HD Planet Earth 2 trial on your TV By Rik Henderson

The BBC has started its first ever consumer trial of 4K content, offering a four-minute clip of Planet Earth 2 in Ultra HD through its free streaming platform, BBC iPlayer.What's more, it also uses Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) picture tech, a form of HDR, to... Read more

BBC and ITV launch BritBox video streaming service in the US
BBC and ITV launch BritBox video streaming service in the US By Elyse Betters

The BBC said toward the end of 2015 that it would launch a video streaming service exclusively for the US. Today, the BBC has confirmed the service will launch in early 2017, but in collaboration with ITV as well.The two broadcasters have been developing... Read more

BBC iPlayer gets Ultra HD, Planet Earth II trial in 4K HLG
BBC iPlayer gets Ultra HD, Planet Earth II trial in 4K HLG By Elyse Betters

The BBC is streaming a clip in Ultra HD and HDR on BBC iPlayer, allowing you to watch a small section of Planet Earth II in the highest quality ever.The four-minute clip is a test. It'll only be available on a "small selection of the latest TVs", enabling the... Read more

Micro:Bit computer is gearing up for a worldwide rollout
Micro:Bit computer is gearing up for a worldwide rollout By Max Langridge

The BBC micro:bit computer has been available in the UK since March this year. It's a small circuit-board, similar to the Raspberry Pi, with an array of LEDs, a Bluetooth sensor, accelerometer, compass and two built-in buttons. It also has five rings... Read more

BBC iPlayer will require BBC iD registration and account from early 2017
BBC iPlayer will require BBC iD registration and account from early 2017 By Rik Henderson

The BBC has confirmed that users of BBC iPlayer will be required to log into the service using their BBC iD accounts from early 2017.For many years, the service has been completely open and free-to-use and while the latter will continue - save for a Television... Read more

BBC looks to the future of television with Holographic TV prototype
BBC looks to the future of television with Holographic TV prototype By Rik Henderson

The BBC has often been at the forefront of new broadcast technologies, trialling 3D, virtual reality and 4K programming long before many others.All three have either made it into the public sphere or are on the immediate horizon - and one has even been... Read more

CBeebies Playtime Island now available for free for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets
CBeebies Playtime Island now available for free for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets By Rik Henderson

After huge success with its last collection of games for pre-schoolers, the BBC has launched a second CBeebies Playtime app for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets with all-new games and experiences to keep young kids amused.Like the original, CBeebies... Read more

BBC iPlayer adds Live Restart to mobile and tablet apps, other huge changes coming soon
BBC iPlayer adds Live Restart to mobile and tablet apps, other huge changes coming soon By Rik Henderson

The BBC will shortly roll out Live Restart to its BBC iPlayer mobile and tablet applications, bringing them in line with the TV and set-top-box versions.Live Restart was introduced as a connected TV feature in August last year. It allows you to start... Read more

How to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics on TV, online, mobile and in VR
How to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics on TV, online, mobile and in VR By Rik Henderson

The Rio 2016 Olympics are finally upon us and we can look forward to more than two weeks of action across a vast array of sports.The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will also be streamed live around the world, with the former starting tonight, 5 August.... Read more

Watch the Olympics like never before, BBC Sport 360 VR app puts you in the heart of the action
Watch the Olympics like never before, BBC Sport 360 VR app puts you in the heart of the action By Rik Henderson

The BBC will be broadcasting much of the Olympics in an all-new format. As well as conventional TV broadcasts it will be screening  many sports in 360-degree video, for users of virtual reality headsets.A BBC Sport 360 service will start with the opening... Read more

What is BBC+ and why should you download it for iPhone or Android?
What is BBC+ and why should you download it for iPhone or Android? By Rik Henderson

The BBC generates an enormous amount of content each day: TV shows, news, radio programming and the thousands of pages of new material added to bbc.co.uk on a constant basis. However, with so much on offer, how on Earth do you find stuff that's interesting... Read more

BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat
BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat By Chris Hall

Shock horror! The BBC is reporting that its BBC Food website could face the chop as part of the proposed £15m savings drive faced by the corporation. In recent days we've learnt that the BBC iPlayer loophole is due to be closed, that the licence fee... Read more

You'll need to pay for BBC iPlayer from 2017
You'll need to pay for BBC iPlayer from 2017 By Rik Henderson

The government's white paper on the BBC Charter has been published and one of the stand-out changes will be the expected close of what is termed the "iPlayer loophole".Currently, people in the UK can watch BBC programming through BBC iPlayer for free,... Read more

BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler
BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler By Luke Edwards

The BBC has announced its new iPlayer Kids app aimed specifically at delivering CBeebies and CBBC shows directly to children.The app, available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, will have access to over 10,000 episodes to stream or download to watch later.The... Read more

How to get started with the new BBC micro:bit computer
How to get started with the new BBC micro:bit computer By Stuart Miles

Announced last year, the BBC micro:bit pocket-sized computer is now being delivered to all 11 and 12-year-olds (Year 7) in the UK.The new computer, which many will see as an alternative to the Raspberry Pi, offers kids the chance to play with dedicated... Read more

Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home
Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home By Andy Robertson

Robot Wars is no longer confined the the sentimental memories of parents. A new generation of British youngsters will be able to enjoy enjoy the carnage of metal, flywheels and pistons doing battle in a relaunched BBC 2 Robot Wars series coming later... Read more

New BBC Music app curates the best of the Beeb based on your music tastes
New BBC Music app curates the best of the Beeb based on your music tastes By Stuart Miles

The BBC is continuing its push to offer more choice through various apps by launching a new dedicated BBC Music app.The free BBC Music app will, according to the Beeb, bring the best of music from across BBC TV, Radio and Online straight to the palm of... Read more

Planet Earth II is coming to the BBC and it will be in 4K
Planet Earth II is coming to the BBC and it will be in 4K By Rik Henderson

The BBC has announced that it is currently filming a sequel to its most successful nature documentary series, Planet Earth.Due to air later this year, the cunningly titled Planet Earth II will once again be narrated by Sir David Attenborough, but this... Read more

You can go on a VR journey with Sir David Attenborough and a giant dinosaur here
You can go on a VR journey with Sir David Attenborough and a giant dinosaur here By Rik Henderson

The BBC has made a special 360-degree short film featuring Sir David Attenborough and a titanosaur which you can watch through a VR headset, such as a Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard or equivalent.And it gives you the opportunity to understand the scale... Read more