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The new BBC iPlayer is better than ever

A quick hands-on:

The iPlayer home page now has four columns at the top: Featured, which details the BBC’s current pick of its output; For You, which is based on what you’ve been watching; Most Popular, which is self-explanatory; and Friends. That’s the iPlayer’s new social network integration, and you’ll need to sign up for a BBC ID to take advantage of it.

Once you’ve done that you can hook into Facebook and Twitter, viewing your Facebook friends in iPlayer, seeing what programmes they’ve recommended and posting status updates or tweets whenever you recommend something.

I’ve always liked iPlayer, and its latest incarnation is the best yet. It’s a superb service.