BBC iPlayer To Launch On TechniSat, Harvard

BBC iPlayer on TechniSat, Harvard

We have been tipped off that TechniSat will be receiving BBC iPlayer as part of their new software update due for release on the 16th March 2010.

In the same week, and maybe on the same day, Harvard Group is expected to also launch new software to give access to iPlayer, though at this stage we do not know if it will be their entire HD range of Grundig, Bush and Goodmans.

According to What Hifi, Sagem receivers will also have BBC iPlayer on the 15th.

iPlayer is currently available on Humax receivers and Sony IDTV via the red button home page or using page 7001.

75 thoughts on “BBC iPlayer To Launch On TechniSat, Harvard”

  1. Just through contacts, many of which contact us directly to update us on news etc. Many cannot ignore the fact that this site has a large visitor base that cannot be ignored from a marketing potential.

  2. Just received an email from TechniSat on an unrelated matter and was gutted to see this as a postscript:

    “The software update is planned for next week which should resolve your problem.”

    Next week! – Gutted

  3. Well next week includes the 24th and if they have been able to include more user reported fixes then surely that is a good thing.
    Technisat are not the only manufacturer finding timing of updates rather unpredictable.

  4. It’s only a week guys. Anyone would think you were all waiting for a sack of money to come through the post. I have a grundig HD box and it doesn’t bother me one bit when we get the iPlayer. We will get it, a few days is only a few days. It’s not like your life depends on it. Get a grip. 🙂

  5. I cannot believe why some are getting so uptight about a weeks delay about new technology. Surely it is important to enure that it working correctly before release.

    It is sad if this slight delay is so important to some.

  6. Alan: I don’t think its a matter of “hurry up already”, in many ways, I think its just a reflection of the lack of information from Harvard and the BBC. iPlayer has been mooted for a long time for Freesat; the ethernet ports on the back of HD Freesat boxes has promised some sort of an interactive service ever since the system was launched.

    Given that the Freesat consortium laid the specs and the BBC is to provide the content, then once the initial beta on Humax boxes proved successful, then a better roll-out timetable should have been announced by the BBC than vague promises “for the first half of 2010”. They are working with the STB manufacturers, they should be able to chivvy them along and release information.

    As far as Harvard is concerned, I feel that people are more worried about having their boxes bricked by an inept release of the software as happened last year with v1.7. Given that debacle, its a pity that Harvard have not been more proactive with announcing their plans for iPlayer on the largely useless websites for their products. It’d just be nice if they WOULD release a timetable for future development of current products!

  7. Roger – Thats a rather long reply for a weeks delay.
    As you say after the problems last year surely it is better to make sure everything is ok before new software release.

  8. Had it confirmed that roll-out of iPlayer will now be early April; though still waiting clarification on which remaining manufacturers this includes…

  9. Alan: There was a rumour two weeks ago that things would happen this week that didn’t pan out. The hopeful ones then said “perhaps next week…”. Now, according to admin, its been pushed forward at least another couple of weeks, though “early April” can take us up to 4 weeks.

    MY observation was that some official announcements from either the service providers or the manufacturers would not go amiss – it would at least prevent those who don’t have your forbearance from being disappointed. Also, if the manufacturers wwere a little more open and took users into their confidence, we wouldn’t see disasters like those which affected Bush, etc last year.

    A long reply, eh?

    I prefer “comprehensive”. 🙂

  10. re comment 46 – ProfZarkov
    BBC red button and text broke here too – seems BBC updated something and Technisat box needs updating to get things working again. Frustrating but I can wait. If you want iPlayer quicker, and all the other free IPTV services, get a Acer Revo 3610. – Great machine for not much money if you are impatient!

  11. Roger – In the line of work I was in replies and reports had to be succinct and to the point. Long responses were not read.

  12. As if waiting another week is the problem, I bought the bloody box a week before Christmas because it was supposed to be ready FOR CHRISTMAS. Now it’s going to be April? That’s not moaning about waiting a couple of days, it’s being thoroughly disappointed by a service which shouldn’t be all that bloody difficult to set up.

    Ethernet + MHEG 5 + RTSP? + MPEG 4 = ??? How hard can it be ???

    My mobile phone plays iPlayer over RTSP over Wifi or EDGE for Christ’s sake, and it doesn’t have the resources available that Freesat boxes have.

    On another point, if the ISPs could be bothered to implement multicast/IPv6 the major (and minor) broadcasters might be able to multicast some programming that they don’t have time for in their schedule (such as sporting events), but we’re about 20 years behind there! This would give an even wider choice of programming and should be on the Government’s list for this supposed Digital Britain. Saying that it’s the 21st Century and we don’t even have a stable power supply yet.
    The BBC did have a multicast service to reduce bandwidth, but I’m not sure what happened to that. It was probably shelved due to lack of adoption – which wasn’t the end-users fault!

  13. I’m still amazed that Panasonic have dragged their feet for so long and when I’ve contacted them for details all they say is 2check the Panasonic web pages for up-dates. I wish I’d bought Sony!

  14. more than likely it will be for the bbc iplayer rollout as most of the updates come out end of this month

  15. Important information: customers with Goodmans, Grundig, Bush HD boxes
    On Wednesday 31st March your box will receive the software update for BBC iPlayer. The update will be in two parts, the first of which will start automatically when the box is turned on. It may take up to 20 minutes to complete both parts of the update, so we advise customers to turn their freesat HD box on well ahead of any programmes they wish to watch

  16. Just got round to connecting my Goodmans SAT200HD for the iplayer and the box needs an upgrade from Goodmans. Let’s see how this goes 🙁

  17. Update on 74

    Harvard replaced the box within 3 weeks, but cost £15 handling. No complains and the iplayer works 🙂

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