BBC iPlayer now linking to other channels' programmes

iplayer_interlinking_schedule_widgetThe BBC have come over all generous by enhancing their iPlayer service so that you can now directly visit other on-demand telly content from ‘rival’ providers. The iPlayer interface now allows you to search through previous days’ listings on ITV and Channel 5, with feeds from Channel 4, and MSN Video Player said to be own their way.

The Beeb have said that: “We think BBC Online should serve as a hub to support other UK sites and want to double the traffic we send externally. Already the BBC News product is one of the top 5 sites driving referrals to UK newspapers, adding value to the UK online economy and our audiences: this partnership is a good example of how the BBC iPlayer can follow in those footsteps.”

Which is all good news and makes online telly watching far, far easier than before. Of course, the BBC will be hoping that iPlayer will now become your first port of call for all your online viewing and that their own traffic will increase dramatically as a result, but that’s the way of the world.


  • Bob F.
    Thats handy, hope it works on the wii aswell, I shall have to try - cant really see whats in it for the Beeb though, what with it being free and all!
  • chris
    @flapperton it is because if they do this stuff, then they have extra weight behind the point that they are providing a public service, and not using dominance to affect rest of media economy
  • joolz
    I think it's probably the first step for youview
  • The B.
    Anyone tried it on Freesat or PS3 yet?
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