The iPlayer from the BBC is about to start offering content in high definition (HD).
This means better picture quality, but for the customer and the internet service providers it also means more data usage.
The updated iPlayer has been given a diagnostic tool that checks the user’s internet connection for quality and speed.
It will then automatically change the settings so that the best possible picture is received all of the time.
The user will also be able to change the size of the viewer, making the whole iPlayer experience much better and more under the user’s control.
At the moment, this only applies to the iPlayer, but there are plans to roll this service out to the Virgin Media set top box and to the Playstation 3, although no time frame has been given for when this is likely to happen.