According to Ashley Highfield, Director of Future Media & Technology: “BBC iPlayer is a free catch-up service for UK licence fee payers. Your favourite programmes from all the BBC’s network TV channels will be available to download over the internet, and watch on your PC without advertising for up to a week after transmission.” However, at launch, once viewers will have up to 30 days to watch a show. Once watched, the programme file clears itself up by deleting itself.
So far, it seems to be just limited to Microsoft XP, with versions for Mac and Microsoft Vista being the next step, followed by a version for TVs, initially in conjunction with Virgin Media and just possibly, on handhelds and mobiles.
The 27th July launch date is an open beta, with a “controlled” increase in users being allowed in over a period of time.
BBC iPlayer site (only available from launch date)