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How to watch England's World Cup matches in 4K HDR with BBC iPlayer
How to watch England's World Cup matches in 4K HDR with BBC iPlayer By Dan Grabham

Want to watch the World Cup in 4K and see how far England can get in the best quality possible?Well now's your chance. All the BBC's games are available on certain, 4K HDR-supporting smart TVs via the BBC iPlayer app. And that includes many of England's... Read more

BBC iPlayer to show Wimbledon in 4K HDR and Sky Q gets 4K matches too
BBC iPlayer to show Wimbledon in 4K HDR and Sky Q gets 4K matches too By Rik Henderson

The BBC has announced that it will extend its Ultra HD trials beyond the World Cup, with its coverage of Wimbledon also to be offered in 4K. It will be enhanced with high dynamic range (HDR) colour and contrast technology using the HLG standard.All BBC... 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Game over man!' Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe confirmed for GTA drama
'Game over man!' Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe confirmed for GTA drama By Luke Edwards

The much anticipated BBC documentary drama about Grand Theft Auto has Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe confirmed as stars. The working title for the documentary is "Game Changer".Bill Paxton, of eighties action film fame including Aliens, will star as... Read more

Grand Theft Auto documentary may star Daniel Radcliffe playing its creator
Grand Theft Auto documentary may star Daniel Radcliffe playing its creator By Luke Edwards

Grand Theft Auto is set to get the documentary treatment by BBC Films and it looks like Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, could be the star.Radcliffe is in talks to play the creator of Grand Theft Auto in a documentary film, says The Hollywood Reporter.... Read more

New CBBC game for iOS and Android was designed by a 12-year-old
New CBBC game for iOS and Android was designed by a 12-year-old By Rik Henderson

The BBC has released a new game on iPhone, iPad and Android under the CBBC brand that was designed by a 12-year-old.Escargot Escape Artistes was devised by Hampshire resident Alex, who won the CBBC Appsolute Genius competition, and developed by the... Read more

BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing
BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing By Chris Hall

An update to the BBC iPlayer app has brought with it a handy new feature: the ability to sync across devices.BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular apps across all platforms, serving up the BBC's catch-up service. BBC iPlayer has been groundbreaking in... Read more