BBC has announced that it will be extending its Freeview BBC iPlayer beta trials with an official release of codes that will enable the public to access the beta iteration of the much-awaited service.
However, the beta version would be available only to the users having Humax manufactured Freesat+ or Freesat HD set top boxes connected to a satellite dish, along with a broadband connection of at least 1Mbps.
Incidentally, people with standard definition (SD) set top boxes would apparently be left out until they upgrade to the HD version.
This is the first time the Freesat iPlayer service is being made available on a subscription-free television service, and the move marks the expansion on the limited beta trial introduced just before Christmas.
In order to access the service, the users would just need to switch on to BBC One and press the red button on their remotes, followed by entering the code ‘5483’ when the menu is loaded.
However, they would see “number not found” message on their screens in the first place, but subsequently it will automatically start loading the iPlayer service within a few seconds.
Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, said in a statement: “For many, it was the first time they had accessed BBC iPlayer on the television, and there were high levels of satisfaction with the service itself as well as how easy it was to set up and operate”.
It is still early days for Freesat and the arrival of the iPlayer can only mean that others might follow suit soon. It is a pity though that it is only available on Humax boxes but then, they are likely to be the most popular and therefore deserving the most attention.