Just been forced to "upgrade" to this, despite having no desire to. It's very
impressive. It will only do a single download at a time and is current
reporting 10 hours left for a 1 hour programme; the old BBC IPlayer would
download in about real-time, certainly after 10pm in the evening. I did manage
to download one programme in 5 mins, but sadly the file was only 32k at the
end and it wouldn't play; really, really broken. And, of course, it's ditched
my existing programmes despite promising to keep them.
Apparently, they have ditched P2P for IPlayer Desktop; good idea, if you ask
me. Lower CPU load, no upload traffic generally good. But you have to upgrade
your servers, guys. And, of course, the entire internet, to avoid the slowest
link effect. Very poor indeed. The message boards would be floods of moans;
lucky that the BBC had the foresight to close them down.
Ironically, they've gone high definition; it was announced on the website.
Great idea; a week to download 5 mins, but looks great when you do.
Very poor; has to go down in history as one of the worst damn squib launches
I've known. I wish I knew how to upgrade back to the old iplayer.