ITV, C4 catch-up players coming to PS3
Out this week
PS3 owners willsoon be able to watch ITV and Channel 4 programming. Both stations' catch-up TV viewers are being ported to the PlayStation.
ITV Player and 4oD will go live on the PS3 later this week, the Guardian reports.
The services join BBC iPlayer, which launched on the Sony games console last year. Unlike iPlayer, the ITV and C4 offerings also deliver advertising.
4oD, for one, is unlikely to make it to the Nintendo Wii, which has provided iPlayer for years, because the Wii platform can't deliver ads, Sarah Rose, director of commercial business development at Channel 4, told the paper. But she expressed an interest in getting the service onto the Xbox.
Government-owned Channel 4 has been talking to Sony about such a move for some time - news of their negotiations emerged back in June. Rose indicated the company is not yet talking to Microsoft.
The PS3 gained access to DVD rental operation Lovefilm's online streaming service last month. ®
Usual el-reg errors.
PS3 iPlayer has been around since 2008 (not "last year"), the HD update came last year, so you can stream HD BBC content (if available).
And it wasn't just Loveflim last month, we also got the excellent MUBI.
Perhaps someone and El-Reg should splash out £199 and buy a PS3 (or do you still think they are £425...)
Back on topic, 4OD is a great addition, but ITVPlayer, not really, it's 99% tripe they broadcast.
"All you have to do is not select it, or scroll past it, or ignore it."
The idea of a good UI is minimalism and consistency. Imagine they keep on growing it to be more and more channels, installed by default and built pretty crappilly.
From what I can tell, the iPlayer is just a skinned version of the web browser, and damn dear impossible to control with the BD Remote (the only controller I use day-to-day). Hell, the PS3 considers watching long stuff as inactivity and will dim the screen. It's a horrible kludge, and I can't see the new ones being any better.
Yep - total thumbs up from me. After the missus has watched all 15 hours of daily soap opera delivery I can watch decent stuff while she cooks, washes up and paints her nails!
Joking apart, BBC iPlayer is used loads in our house. Any other catch up service is a great bonus. It'll be better once the quality is beefed up.
Oi, Sony and News International!
Sky Player on PS3, please. Tout suite, there's good chaps. Sick of my Xboxed son giving me gyp over it!
Just the PS3?
Or does this also mean it'll come to Sony's internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players?