However, due to legal reasons, most news bulletins are only available for 24 hours after initial broadcast (with the exception of World Business Report, Business Live, Victoria Derbyshire, Daily Politics, Politics Europe, Sunday Politics and Newsnight) .
On 16 October 2007, the BBC announced a strategic relationship with Adobe, that would bring a limited, streaming-only version of the i Player to Mac and Linux users, and Windows users who cannot or do not wish to use the i Player download service, such as Windows 9x users.
The open beta incorporated a media player, an electronic programme guide (EPG) and specially designed download client, and allowed the download of BBC Television content by computers assigned to a United Kingdom-based IP address, for use up to thirty days after broadcast.
However, it was available only to users of Windows XP.
A new, improved i Player service then had another very limited user trial which began on 15 November 2006.
At various times during its development, i Player was known as the Integrated Media Player (i MP), The i Player received the approval of the BBC Trust on 30 April 2007, and an open beta for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 was launched at midnight on 27 July 2007, where it was announced that only a fixed number of people would be able to sign up for the service, with a controlled increase in users over the summer.
The original i Player service was launched in October 2005, undergoing a five-month trial by five thousand broadband users until 28 February 2006.