The BBC is about to commence trials on a P2P distribution service, called the “Interactive Media Player” (iMP). This will allow users to download TV and radio broadcasts, and copy them to other viewing or listening devices, keeping them for up to 7 days.

Read on for the details

Imagine a scenario where viewers could have access to BBC TV and Radio programmes at any time of the day or night, download them to a computer or TV and even copy them to a mobile phone or PDA to view a programme on the move.

The BBC is aiming to make this possible with the interactive media player.

How does it work?

- BBC iMP is a new application in development which enables users to download programmes from and watch or listen to them for seven days after they have been on TV.

- After seven days the programme file expires (using digital rights management software) and the user will no longer be able to watch it. DRM also prevents users emailing the files to other computer users or sharing it via disk.

- iMP uses peer to peer distribution technology (P2P) to distributes its audio visual content effectively.

- The BBC will be launching a more expansive content trial in September 2005 inviting 5,000 people to trial the service with an increased amount of content available.

- Broadband users who would like to be considered for a place on the trial should send an e-mail to including their name, contact details, age and postcode.

- For more details on the trial and other downloading initiatives from the BBC please see:

Posted: August 20th, 2005
Categories: News
Comment from Josh - 9/2/2005 at 4:36 pm

I’ve noticed that the BBCs IMP site ( has disappeared – could they be launching a new site soon?


Comment from Jack - 9/6/2005 at 10:35 am

Looks like the website is back, but you have to have been previously registered with the trial to access anything there.

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