BBC adds radio, TV content to its iPlayer

More than 75 million downloads since December

LONDON -- The BBC unveiled its revamped on-demand download service the BBC iPlayer on Wednesday, integrating the pubcaster's radio and television output for the first time.

The iPlayer, which has had more than 75 million downloads since launching in December, has proved one of the most popular methods for viewers to watch programs that they have missed. The iPlayer offers a 30-day catch-up service and allows viewers to download and watch some series.

The new-look platform, unveiled by BBC head of future media Erik Huggers, also will recommend other viewing choices, adding about 250 new television programs a week.

"On-demand radio from the BBC has been a phenomenal success since it was first launched in 2002, with around 600 million hours listened to via streaming or the 'listen again' function (via the BBC's Web site.) Huggers said. "The full integration with iPlayer is a natural evolution for the audio service and an exciting step for audiences."

The new-look BBC iPlayer also will be available on other TV catch-up platforms including the Apple iPhone & iPod Touch, and the Nintendo Wii.
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