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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

You will need to register and sign in for BBC iPlayer: Here's why

You will need to register and sign in for BBC iPlayer: Here's why

By Rik Henderson

Back in September last year, the BBC announced that a BBC account would eventually be needed to access some of the Beeb's online services, including iPlayer and iPlayer Radio. That day will come soom.You will need to sign in with a registered account... 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 micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

By Rik Henderson

The BBC micro:bit is now available for pre-order from element14, the tech company that also distributes the Raspberry Pi in the UK.It was previously distributed to schools to help children learn the basics of coding, but is now starting to roll out... 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

BBC Three Online takes over from broadcast on 16 February, here's what's available

BBC Three Online takes over from broadcast on 16 February, here's what's available

By Rik Henderson

It has been known for more than a year that the BBC planned to change BBC Three from a broadcast channel into a zone on BBC iPlayer, but the BBC Trust would always have the final say.Now it has approved the proposal and the changeover from a broadcast... Read more

Robot Wars returning to the BBC after 12-year absence

Robot Wars returning to the BBC after 12-year absence

By Rik Henderson

Robot Wars, the competitive TV show about battling bots, is returning to UK screens with a new series and new, improved remote-controlled metallic monsters of mayhem.The BBC has confirmed that it has commissioned one of the original production companies... Read more

BBC iPlayer to run adverts before programmes, sort of

BBC iPlayer to run adverts before programmes, sort of

By Rik Henderson

The BBC has started to roll out adverts that run prior to requested programmes on iPlayer, which might come as a shock to many. However, it isn't going completely doolally - the ads are actually trailers for other shows and content it thinks you might... Read more

BBC red button may be killed by iPlayer, but not for the reason you think

BBC red button may be killed by iPlayer, but not for the reason you think

By Luke Edwards

UPDATE: The BBC has been in contact to clarify saying it is "exploring a phased exit from the broadcast Red Button service and focusing our interactive TV offer on connected televisions and iPlayer".The BBC may be about to announce the imminent end to... Read more

What is the BBC Store and how is it different to iPlayer?

What is the BBC Store and how is it different to iPlayer?

By Luke Edwards

The BBC has launched a new online shop that is calls the BBC Store. This is a place where episodes of its shows can be downloaded, at a charge.So how is this different to iPlayer? And will people want to pay for things that were free not long ago?Then... Read more

BBC iPlayer is coming to Apple TV soon

BBC iPlayer is coming to Apple TV soon

By Luke Edwards

The BBC has announced that, for the first time, it will be bringing its BBC iPlayer to the new Apple TV.The new Apple TV is now available for pre-order and the BBC has tweeted that it will be able to offer iPlayer support.Until now Apple has offered iPlayer... Read more

New Doctor Who spinoff called Class in the works at BBC, airs next year

New Doctor Who spinoff called Class in the works at BBC, airs next year

By Elyse Betters

Brace yourself: a new Doctor Who spinoff is in the works, and it's being pitched as having the "action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction", such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Hunger Games.That's certainly an interesting billing, but we'll... Read more

BBC iPlayer for Children app coming for iPad and Android in 2016

BBC iPlayer for Children app coming for iPad and Android in 2016

By Rik Henderson

The BBC is to introduce a dedicated version of its BBC iPlayer application for kids in 2016.Not to be confused with the previously talked about iPlay service, BBC iPlayer for Children will be a dedicated app for iPad and Android tablets that strips away... Read more

BBC's Make it Digital season opens: Here's what's coming to TV, radio and online

BBC's Make it Digital season opens: Here's what's coming to TV, radio and online

By Chris Hall

The BBC has announced its line-up of content for its Make it Digital season, that runs up until 26 September 2015.We've previously heard about The GameChangers, the Daniel Radcliffe drama looking behind scenes of the hit game Grand Theft Auto, but that's... Read more

BBC to launch music streaming service to enhance Spotify and Apple Music

BBC to launch music streaming service to enhance Spotify and Apple Music

By Luke Edwards

The BBC is planning to launch its own music streaming service that will offer extras on top of the already established offerings.Spotify and Apple Music would be used in the new offering if the BBC's plans outlined in its British. Bold. Creative report... Read more

Children's-only BBC iPlayer is in the works, will be called iPlay

Children's-only BBC iPlayer is in the works, will be called iPlay

By Elyse Betters

The BBC is proposing a new, standalone version of the iPlayer on-demand service, as part of its wide-ranging plans to overhaul the BBC over the next decade. The new service will be called iPlay and specifically aimed at children.BBC director general Tony... Read more

BBC iPlayer to embrace Ultra HD as part of the Beeb's 'long term plans'

BBC iPlayer to embrace Ultra HD as part of the Beeb's 'long term plans'

By Rik Henderson

The BBC iPlayer platform is looking to offer Ultra HD video streams in the future but the 4K TV market isn't big enough yet to make it a priority.Pocket-lint met the head of BBC iPlayer, Dan Taylor-Watt, at New Broadcasting House in London to check out... Read more

BBC iPlayer brings new features to mobile and TV, you can now start a live show from the beginning

BBC iPlayer brings new features to mobile and TV, you can now start a live show from the beginning

By Rik Henderson

The BBC is in the processing of pushing out updates to its TV, set-top-box and mobile applications that add a few key new features, with different new abilities coming to different platforms.One of the key new features is Live Restart, which is rolling... Read more

BBC micro:bit promised for 1 million 11-12 year olds in the UK

BBC micro:bit promised for 1 million 11-12 year olds in the UK

By Stuart Miles

The BBC has spearheaded a new initiative to bring a pocket sized computer to all 11 and 12-year-olds (Year 7) in the UK.Called the micro:bit, the new computer, which many will see as an alternative to the Raspberry Pi computer, will offer kids the chance... Read more

BBC Cbeebies Storytime app adds Kindle Library-style lending feature and a touch of Michael Palin

BBC Cbeebies Storytime app adds Kindle Library-style lending feature and a touch of Michael Palin

By Rik Henderson

The BBC has pushed a large update to its free Cbeebies Storytime application for iOS, Android and Fire OS that adds an all-new feature - a library mode that lets kids download and install different books from a catalogue of titles.When they are done with... Read more