BBC iPlayer will begin beta testing on Freesat soon, with a public launch hopefully a month or two later; slightly later than the original Autumn launch. We are aware that a few privileged people are already alpha testing the iPlayer service and have so far been very impressed with it. The testing is presently taking place on the entire range of Freesat receivers with the appropriate software levels installed.
A few lucky customers have been asked to participate in the next stage of testing, following an email sent out today, so if you had previously completed the registration survey supplied with your Freesat digital box or IDTV, then check your inbox, you may have an invite.
For those not so lucky, here is a copy of the email;
Thank you for taking the time to complete the registration survey for the BBC iPlayer on Freesat trial.
We’ve had a huge response from people wanting to take part in the trial, meaning we’ve had to limit the number of participants.
We’re very pleased to inform you that you’ve been selected to take part, and will be one of the very first to road test the service during the beta trial period.
Further details will be emailed to you in early September.
In the meantime if you have any questions please email email@example.com.
The Freesat team
Whilst the email mentions September, Freesat would like to state that September is not guaranteed for the start of beta testing;
Freesat is unable to confirm a timeframe for iPlayer beta beginning on the platform but continues to work closely with the BBC on its launch.