BFBS Player Live

BFBS Player connectivity scenarios

Internet Connected Users

Login to the BFBS Player via the Defence Gateway, and watch BFBS TV streamed over the internet.

In locations with high speed or fibre broadband (such as Germany, Cyprus, USA) the BFBS Player provides access to BFBS TV streamed live over the internet using secure digital technology. Where local internet bandwidth is poor or unreliable for live viewing (i.e. less than 0.4Mbps) then a download service may be used to pull content onto the local device for later viewing.

The BFBS Player Live is now available to all entitled personnel. Users can access the BFBS Player via the Defence Gateway. The Defence Gateway provides a convenient Single Sign On authentication service for serving personnel with the ability for users to create guest accounts for family members. PC users can access the BFBS Player using their browser. For iOS and Android devices there are app’s that can be downloaded via the Defence Gateway.

The BFBS Player presents BFBS services so they are available in the users local time where they are located. The Player includes DRM (Digital Rights Management)technology that encrypts the content. DRM enables the agreement of the content rights holders, where required, to make their content available to the British Forces and dependents when serving outside of the UK. The radio services and Forces TV are also available in the UK.

Isolated User Groups with Limited Internet Connectivity*

Users in isolated communities where there is no practical internet connection can view content via a local media server loaded with encrypted TV programmes. Content is either pre-loaded (e.g. via a hard disk which can be refreshed from time to time) or if there is occasional or 'thin' Internet connectivity, new programmes may be downloaded onto the server to refresh key content every day. If the server is connected to a BFBS satellite dish, new content can be downloaded with greater speed and frequency.

The BFBS Player has been developed with the typical military use-case in mind. BFBS content can be shared between users in the same theatre, in effect creating a legal 'peer to peer' exchange network which allows users to swap encrypted content within a controlled group and means fewer users need access to fresh content for it to be shared and re-distributed more widely. Submarines can be provisioned with several months of content, whilst surface vessels can receive daily updates via BFBS satellite transmissions or other welfare IP networks (subject to capacity).

* in development