May 17th, 2005

IT Ninja

Those Wacky British!

Five thousand households are to become willing guinea pigs for a new experiment that the BBC expects to revolutionise the way we watch television.

Randomly drawn from applicants around the country, with the only stipulation being that they have high-speed internet access, they will be the first to experience the BBC's so-called interactive Media Player, or iMP.

The corporation will move a step closer to delivering what it calls "iTunes for the broadcast industry" later this year, launching a public trial of iMP, which allows viewers to download any show from the previous week that they may have missed.