BBC current affairs programmes online
BBC News | Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK
You can now watch a range of BBC current affairs programmes online - when you want.
Aside from giving you all the latest news in video and audio, the News Player is now home to the best BBC News programmes live and on demand - freely available to UK based web users in broadband quality video.
If you live outside the UK you can still watch video material on the News Player, but in narrowband quality - streamed at 56kbps.
The new service means users can enjoy current affairs programmes whenever they want including this week's new autumn series of Question Time (Tonight, BBC One, 10.35pm) and Panorama (Sunday, 10.15pm, BBC One).
Other programmes offered are Newsnight, This World and Real Story with more programmes in the near future.
Paul Clabburn, Editor of Broadband News, said: "News Player has proved incredibly popular for clips and packages, but it's clear from user feedback that there is a real demand for programmes to be included."
Open the News Player
BBC News video and audio is available in either Real Media or Windows Media formats while items are available in either broadband (256k) or narrowband (56k).
It is simple. If you are not sure about connection speeds or formats, we will guide you through.
The News Player allows you to watch or listen to the latest national and international news on demand, catch-up with BBC TV news bulletins and even follow live events.
Easy to use
We have made using the BBC News Player as easy as possible.
Whether you are an experienced or first time user, when you click on BBC News audio or video you will get this screen.
This is called the BBC Media Selector. It tells you how we think your computer is set-up. If you are happy, click yes. If you are unsure, simply click on the test my connection speed button and Media Selector will double check for you.
You only have to do this once - and then whenever you play BBC News media, we will provide you with the best possible quality for your computer.
Finding BBC News Player
You will then find the News Player by one of two routes.
If you have clicked on this button at the top of the page, you will launch the news headlines section within the player. You can then explore a wealth of content.
If you have clicked on any individual video or audio item - from inside a text story or from one of the index pages - you will launch that item within the player. Once you have watched you can either close the item down and return to your text page or explore the player.
There is a 'Help' section in the player that will show you how to make the most of what is on offer or you can watch Darren Jordon's video guide.
BBC News Player includes:
The latest stories from home or abroad, available on demand
Live coverage from BBC News 24 of major breaking stories
The BBC One, Six and Ten O'clock news, story by story
Live coverage of big news events
The latest headlines from BBC News 24, constantly updated
Current affairs programmes, live and on demand
In depth reports that give the background to a story
Watch a video guide
You can also use News Player to reach other BBC media players:
The BBC Sport Player - including live action, results and sports news on demand
The BBC Weather Player - including local, national and international forecasts
The BBC Radio Player - listen to live radio or listen again for seven days after broadcast