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Encyclopedia > IPlayer
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iPlayer - formerly iMP (Integrated Media Player; also referred to as "Interactive Media Player") is a computer program being developed by the BBC to replace and extend its existing RealPlayer-based "Radio Player" and other streamed content. The service, which has been under development since 2003, incorporates a media player, an electronic programme guide (EPG) and specially designed download client, and will allow the download of both TV and radio content by UK-based Internet users, for use up to 7 days after broadcast. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_kpager. ... The terms computer program, software program, applications program, system software, or just program are used to refer to either an executable program by both lay people and computer programmers or the collection of source code from which an executable program is created (eg, compiled). ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. ... RealPlayer is a media player, created by RealNetworks, that plays a number of multimedia formats including MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, as well as multiple generations of proprietary RealAudio and RealVideo codecs. ... The URL bbc. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A media player is typically computer software for playing back multimedia files however the term is also used for the media playback devices used in digital signage. ... An electronic program (or programme) guide, or EPG, is a program schedule, typically broadcast alongside digital television or radio signals. ... In computing, a client is a system that accesses a (remote) service on another computer by some kind of network. ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ...

The service underwent a 5-month trial of 5000 broadband users, that begun in October 2005 and finished on the 28th February 2006. The technology and infrastructure is being provided by Kontiki, Siemens Business Services and Red Bee Media (formerly BBC Broadcast). 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... Siemens AG (FWB:SIE, NYSE: SI) is the worlds largest electronics company. ... Red Bee Media Limited is a media company which operates a playout centre in western London in United Kingdom for television and radio broadcasters such as the BBC, UKTV, Flextech, ESPN and the Community Channel. ...

Key features

One of the key features of iMP is the use of peer-to-peer technology to enable the distribution of large video files (i.e. TV programs) to scale effectively. Once downloaded, the content is only playable within iMP itself or Windows Media Player 10 or 11, and digital rights management (DRM) software will prevent it being directly copied to another medium (e.g. e-mail or CD-ROM). Additionally, the DRM will cause programmes to "expire" (i.e. be deleted) 7 days after they were originally broadcast, in the same way that the BBC's existing radio streams become unavailable after that time. This is important to prevent users building up libraries of downloaded content, which would in turn severely limit the amount of content for which the BBC was able to gain appropriate permission from copyright owners. A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... Digital Rights Management (generally abbreviated to DRM) is any of several technologies used by publishers (or copyright owners) to control access to and usage of digital data (such as software, music, movies) and hardware, handling usage restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work. ... This articles section called History of Copyright does not cite its references or sources. ...

The client also offers an electronic programme guide (EPG) with listings for both the previous 7 and next 7 days' programmes; selecting a programme which has already been broadcast will begin downloading it immediately, while those not yet shown will be downloaded as soon as they have been. It is also possible to schedule a series to be automatically downloaded when the next episode becomes available. Once downloaded, the client requests a key from the BBC server to unlock the content before playback. As with other Television licence-funded facilities (and to simplify copyright clearance for the content) the service will only be usable within the UK, although AOL users may have to log-on several times due to routing issues. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... AOL LLC (formerly America Online, Inc) is an American online service provider, bulletin board system, and media company operated by Time Warner. ...

Additional features said to be under consideration or development include "series stacking", which would allow a viewer to catch up with a series if they missed the first few episodes (as an exception to the 7-day expiry rule), and the ability to transfer programmes to a PDA or mobile phone "to view on the move". This feature allows content to be played a limited number of times before it expires. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section can be improved by converting lengthy lists to text. ...


  • BBC iMP homepage
  • Press release announcing extended trial of iMP
  • "Ask Bruce" article on iMP from bbc.co.uk

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External link

  • Kontiki Inc



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