As we reported yesterday, the BBC's new iPlayer for iPad appeared in iTunes overnight for UK residents, and we've got a hands-on look at the app for you. For those who didn't know, iPlayer is a little like Hulu for BBC content; it aggregates almost everything the BBC showed in the last week across its various TV channels and radio stations into an attractive web interface for catch-up viewing. It's free to UK users because of the unique way the BBC is funded (and not currently available outside the UK), so it's a very popular service. It's also quite widely supported on various devices -- the BBC's developers have worked with manufacturers to bring it to Sony's PS3, Nintendo's Wii and the Boxee Box, amongst others.
Up until now, the iPad has been a rather poor relation in the iPlayer universe, despite the naming similarities. Users have had to make do with a rather sub-par web interface to access iPlayer content. The UI was sluggish, small, fiddly and generally unpleasant. This new native app solves all those problems, and it adds some nifty new features to boot.