BBC iPlayer coming to Freesat later this month

The BBC has said it will start beta testing its popular iPlayer service on Freesat from the end of this month.Controller of TV platforms at the BBC Ra

Controller of TV platforms at the BBC Rahul Chakkara, wrote in his Beeb blog that the MHEG-5 standard has been adopted by Freesat, which has been used in developing and presenting interactive television in the UK for nearly a decade.

This was recently extended for handling internet TV, and this has made it possible to bring the iPlayer service to Freesat.

He said: "We have been developing the BBC iPlayer using this standard, and I expect to start a Beta deployment by the end of November using capable Freesat devices."

A spokeswoman for Freesat added: "I can confirm that iPlayer will be coming to Freesat soon, with Beta testing beginning this month."

BBC’s iPlayer debuted on Virgin Media’s cable service last year, but this will be the first subscription-free platform to get the fully-fledged version of iPlayer.

We’ll be keeping you updated with all the details on this as we get them, but be sure to let us know below if you’d use iPlayer through your Freesat box.

Via: What Hi-fi