The BBC has announced that it has struck a deal with Microsoft and has launched the beta version of a new video on demand service: iPlayer.
You can access the beta version of this player here. The new video service has a range of features on offer. The users can share iPlayer videos on Twitter and Facebook. BBC has also announced the integration of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger service straight into the player. Users of Windows Live Messenger can login via iPlayer and watch videos while chatting with their contacts, side by side. BBC has explained that the WLM feature is experimental and if it turned out to be successful, it will eventually roll this out to other IM services.
Because of integration of iPlayer with Facebook and Twitter, users can post programmes directly to their Facebook account and Tweet and share about them with friends.
There is also an updated desktop application for BBC iPlayer, which allows users to download their favorite programs in advance. The Desktop client is based on Adobe Air and can be downloaded from here.