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BBC upgrades to iPlayer version 3.0

New upgraded version will include integration with social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

The BBC has unveiled plans to upgrade its iPlayer to include links to other broadcasters as well as integrate social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MSN.

The tie-up with social media sites will allow iPlayer users to recommend and share programmes with their friends as long as they are logged into the BBC website.

In order to use this service -- in beta testing starting Wednesday -- users need to sign up to the "BBC ID" service.

The corporation is already partnering with the ITV Player, Channel 4's 4oD, Five's Five on Demand, S4C's Clic and the VoD aggregation service, SeeSaw. It has also struck a deal with Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger chat service to allow iPlayer users to message while watching shows.

Meanwhile, BSkyB has accused the BBC of turning its video-on-demand service into an online aggregator without appropriate regulatory review.