Long before it became the law to use the ‘i’ prefix for every piece of consumer electronics, in fact way back in 2002, French firm Netgem introduced the iPlayer. It’s essentially a digital terrestrial (Freeview) box but it can also be used for sending e-mail, surfing the net, even listening to MP3s. It’s also TopUp TV ready.
Actually I thought the product had disappeared altogether (you can’t seem to get it anywhere on the net these days), until I received a press release this morning plugging a supposedly sooper-dooper new model, the iPlayer+.
As well as a 7 day EPG (now standard on most Freeview boxes) the iPlayer+ features Bluedelta Design’s Phantom+ PVR for programming. However annoyingly you’ll still need a separate recording device for capturing them which seems a bit of an omission to me. Why they haven’t bunged a hard drive into what is otherwise a cracking product is beyond me.
The iPlayer+ retails for £89.99 (without keyboard).