BBC's iPlayer adds high-def content

'Doctor Who' specials among programming

LONDON -- The BBC has added programming from its high-def BBC HD channel to its popular catch-up service the iPlayer, a move that will give viewers with sufficiently up-to-date computer hardware that ability to watch genuine HD programming on their computers.

Beginning Tuesday, iPlayer users can stream or download BBC HD programs for up to 30 days after they have been broadcast.

Upcoming highlights on the BBC HD channel will include "Doctor Who" specials, the new season of "Dragons' Den," children's show "Kerwhizz," the BBC's revival of classic sitcom "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin" and the drama "Moving On."

Other improvements to the iPlayer include higher-quality streaming downloads and new playback windows sizes that will give users a bigger picture.

Alongside the introduction of BBC HD programs on BBC iPlayer, higher quality streams also are available within a new resizable media player.

The iPlayer has proved one of the most popular ways to access online television here, with more than 387 million downloads since its launch in December 2007.

"It's great that we've been able to bring the BBC HD channel to the BBC iPlayer family," BBC HD boss Danielle Nagler said. "For some people, this will be their first experience of high-definition viewing, allowing them to see and hear programs that they love from the BBC in the very best quality possible."