BBC on-demand is on the way

Missing Top Gear need no longer ruin our whole week, now that the BBC's iPlayer has been given the (provisional) go-ahead.Not to be confused with Eves

Missing Top Gear need no longer ruin our whole week, now that the BBC's iPlayer has been given the (provisional) go-ahead.Not to be confused with Evesham's identically named telly box, BBC iPlayer (formerly known as iMP) is purely based online. And now that it's jumped through all the Public Value and Market Impact hoops, the BBC Trust (the Beeb's equivalent of the man from Del Monte) has given it the large 'yes' rubber stamp.That means 7-day catch-up TV, live TV simulcasts, and access to all the corporation's radio and podcast offerings, all accessible from the handy iPlayer software. In addition, cable viewers will also get 7-day catch up direct to their tellies.Just a couple of changes have been made to the original wishlist; we'll only be able to save downloaded shows for a maximum of 30 days, not the 13 weeks initially planned. Sadly for classical music fans there'll be no repeat of the free non-DRM Beethoven downloads and audiobooks are now verboten.Mac and Linux heads will also be glad to know they won’t be left out. The Trust has laid down strict rules to ensure iPlayer becomes Apple and Penguin-friendly within 'a reasonable timeframe' – let’s hope that’s weeks rather than years.The last hurdle is now a public consultation ahead of the formal decision. We'll get final word in May.

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