Feeds

Microsoft shows Bottom to Young Ones

Takes retro turn with video player

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Microsoft was due to take the full fat version of its video player out of beta today, treating UK viewers to high-end entertainment such as Skins, Shameless and The Young Ones.

The MSN Video Player will offer around 1,000 hours of shows, according to New Media Age. Wife Swap and Peep Show will also be among the offerings, according to The Times, with viewers able to view entire series as well as just catch up on just-broadcast programmes.

But there will be a price to pay for this enriching cultural output. Viewers will be hit with 30-second ad spots before, during and after the programmes, The Times says.

Inevitably comparisons are being drawn with the Beeb's iPlayer, not least because Redmond's service has former iPlayer chief Ashley Highfield at the helm.

Highfield told The Times: “Our content is aimed at those who are tech-savvy and young. We want to feature content that goes down well with young couples and families who want to watch together.”

Which will be why Microsoft has partnered with the likes of Endemol, and Location Location Location producer RDF.

You can access the service here. We note that the service is currently recommending viewers watch Make Me Perfect, Banzai and Jack Dee and Joan Rivers.

Perhaps this demonstrates Microsoft's confidence in its video quality - lots of fun to be had there spotting the wrinkles, blemishes and surgery scars.

Classicists will be pleased to see it features Doctor Who, Bottom and Ripping Yarns. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.