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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 …

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Just the PS3?

Or does this also mean it'll come to Sony's internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players?

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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.

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HD

Actually the PS3 iPlayer still does not provide HD, they did improve the quality last year but it's not HD.

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Bookmark?

So are these just bookmarks which open the browser to the standard flash-based website, just like with iPlayer?

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Probably...

...and it's about time too!

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It can't show it via CH4's site

Well, It didn't a few months ago when I tried.

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Nope...

These are dedicated clients - well... at least it is on the BluRay players.

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what's so special about ad videos

that the wii can't stream them? It does an adequate job of streaming iPlayer content, so it seems strange that 4od can't insert the same ads into the stream that they do when running in a browser.

Are Nintendo not allowing adverts?

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Wii can't deliver ads?

Surely the ads on 4oD are just flash video files just like the program videos that BBC iPlayer delivers, so if you request the Ugly Betty video, it ought to be just as easy to send one with ad breaks in it as it is to send one without ads.

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Fantastic

I agree with the AC above about ITV, unless they're doing the Test highlights on deman. Can it be?

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Booo..

Stop filling up my XMB with pointless crap that I can't remove. And bring back Other OS.

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@Annihilator

Yeah, agree in principle to the Other OS feature, but the XMB pointless crap thing?? All you have to do is not select it, or scroll past it, or ignore it.

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@LuMan

"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.

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@Annihilator

You need to turn off the Screen Saver (or whatever they call it) option to prevent dimming.

And the interface is chronic. I have plugged in a mouse to help me work it and its still hard to use. It is difficult to pause or jump forward or back. It needs to tie in better with the box's embedded player.

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Bye Bye BT Vision Replay

All this for free compared to paying BT £3 and they lose C5 replay.

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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!

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Brilliant!

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.

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ITV

All ITV has to do now is make some decent programmes and they'll have a nice little business going. Maybe they'll even make some profit!

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I think they managed a couple this year.

I did enjoy Downtown Abbey, and er what was the other?

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