The BBC have announced a High Definition upgrade to their much-admired iPlayer, resulting in a number of HD broadcasts now being available on the peer-to-peer watch again service – including of course Doctor Who.
Anthony Rose is the BBC’s head of digital media technology, and he believes this to be a significant milestone in improving video playback quality, observing:
“Introducing HD streams enables users to enjoy BBC programmes in HD without a set-top box.
“The new adaptive bitrate technology and speed diagnostics page help optimise the viewing experience, while the resizable window gives users flexibility to switch between different quality streams, hopefully leading to a more satisfying experience overall.”
New features added to the BBC iPlayer include a speed diagnostics page, full release of the new BBC iPlayer Desktop (which has been in beta for some time now), and a cross-platform manager that will allow Windows, Mac, and Linux users to download standard and HD BBC programmes.
No news yet on how this affects the mobile versions of iPlayer.