MSN UK launches rival to BBC iPlayer as early as next week

July 30th, 2009 | Tags: ,

For once us brits get something before the yanks, MSN UK is about to launch an iPlayer’esque video player that will stream over 300 hours of content from the BBC and All3Media. I would imagine given Microsoft’s interest in IPTV this is only the beginning! Excellent news and very pleased the UK gets to run the beta first! (even if you are only trying to get a head start over Hulu)

Taken from Times online:

A spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide confirmed that all BBC programmes on MSN Video Player will be at least 180 days old. The choice of programmes will be aimed squarely at the 18 to 29 age group, and will include such series as The League of Gentlemen, Hustle, Dead Ringers and The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The pilot service will run for an initial six months, after which – if successful – the number of content partners and available programmes will increase.

Source: here