Beeb's iPlayer just a month away

It's coming. Now just a month away, as we circle the calendar with a large red pen, the BBC's iPlayer will launch on 27th July - ooh, Independence Day

It's coming. Now just a month away, as we circle the calendar with a large red pen, the BBC's iPlayer will launch on 27th July - ooh, Independence Day in the Maldives. How fitting.Pictured above in its beta iMP trial stage, iPlayer (not to be confused with the Evesham telly box of the same name) will allow tardy programme watchers to catch up on any shows they've missed in the last seven days online.Using a similar system to 4's OD, any downloads can be saved for 30 days and, once they've been opened, can be held onto for seven days before the DRM police snaffle it back.It'll be for XP users only at launch (don't you feel smug for holding off on that upgrade) but we're told it will be winging its way to Vista and Macs before long.So finally Eastenders catch ups need no longer be confined to Sunday afternoons. We won't know what to do with ourselves.EssentialsBBC iPlayerPrice: £freeOn sale: 27th JulyContact: BBCRelated stories:Freesat – answer to our HD Freeview prayers?BBC on-demand is on the wayThe last set-top box you'll ever need?