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iPlayer on PS3 |


The best thing about the Firmware 3.0 update, for me, has to be the inclusion of iPlayer under the TV section of the XMB. It allows (UK users at least) instant access to any of BBC’s programmes on PS3, allowing you to watch them on your HDTV. Sure iPlayer has always been on PS3 but wasn’t fully compatible because the PS3’s Flash didn’t support H.264 playback. This has now been fixed which means near broadcast quality TV on demand straight to your HDTV at no extra cost. Unfortunately some users have had problems with iPlayer not showing on the XMB and BBC has offered some solutions;

1. If the iPlayer icon doesn’t appear in the XMB
Some users have reported that the iPlayer icon hasn’t appeared after they’ve installed the V3.0 firmware update, so if you’re not seeing the iPlayer icon here’s what to do:

* Sign up for the PSN network (it’s free) using a UK address, which seems to be a requirement for getting the iPlayer icon to appear.

* Reboot (important). You should now see the iPlayer icon in the XMB.

* If you still don’t see the iPlayer icon, check the serial number on the back of your PS3 – it should end with CECH-XXX3, where the “3” indicates a UK model. Only UK models get the iPlayer icon, meaning that if you purchased your PS3 abroad or through a retailer that imported non-UK models then you won’t get an iPlayer icon.

* If the iPlayer icon still doesn’t appear, don’t worry about it – you can get exactly the same iPlayer experience by launching the PS3 browser and going directly to the iPlayer site at

If you were having issues I hope these solutions help. The blog post also mentions that bug fixes and more intriguingly “extra functionality” is on the way.

  • Smegmazor

    Wow, it’d be nice to have something like this for us North Americans.

  • JimmyMagnum

    well, you can still access it through the PS3 browser, you just won’t be able to get the icon on the XMB (despite your home region). It’d be nice is North American networks did the same thing, though. Basically a free on demand service so you can watch these episodes on your PS3 without having to buy them, etc. Makes you wonder why our North American networks never decided to do this for PS3 before. Ah well, with the Slim and large sales numbers, maybe other stations will start jumping on the bandwagon. Discovery channels and History Channel will be my most watched, as well as a little Adult Swim and Comedy Central

  • jerryhat

    I find it very jerky and low quality. This is compared with using it on Chrome on my Vista PC (all going through the same router).

    to Jimmy, technically we have paid for the BBC iplayer output via the licence fee we pay. Just a point of pedantry on my behalf.

  • thanks for the pointers, I will check the serial when I get home. I got my 80gb PS3 free with a phone contract 10 months ago from so maybe they import them.

    not sure I value an iplayer app at £300 so I am still glad I got mine for free.

  • Thanks for the advice, I’d been trying to get iPlayer to appear on a second user on my PS3 after having it on mine but wasn’t having much luck. Signed them up for a PSN and rebooted and sure enough there it was.