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I had been keen to try out the ITV player for a while, so a few weeks ago, in need of a Coronation Street fix, I decided to give it a go.
The application was easy to find by going to: www.itv.co.uk.ITVPlayer . I found that it was easy to browse through the television programmes on offer, all the prime time shows were listed and everything was available for a 28 day period.
So I selected a particular episode of Coronation Street, sat back and relaxed. The programme took a few minutes to load and the picture was a little grainy, it wasn't as clear as it is on a television screen, but it was certainly watchable.
After about fifteen minutes the application ran into problems, it completely stopped, it wouldn't reload and in the end the whole page closed down. I thought this was a one off glitch and I rebooted my computer hoping to pick up where I'd left off. However I wasn't able to open up Google Chrome like I usually do and my computer wasn't allowing me to view web pages for long. In the end I had to revert back to my old Internet Explorer application in order to use the internet.
A week passed and I decided to give the ITV player another shot, this time though Internet Explorer. However, when I was unable to load anything at all, the ITV player had a completely blank screen and it didn't give me any indication as to what was wrong. At this point I was getting irritated, so I went to the BBC i-player application to see if that would work. On the BBC i-player page I was told that I needed a new version of Flash to watch the television show I'd selected. I downloaded this application and I then decided to try the ITV player once again, to see if installing this new piece of software made any difference, miraculously the problem had been solved and I was able to watch my ITV programme. However I was a bit miffed that the ITV application didn't inform me of the issue, it was the BBC i-player that made me aware of what was hindering my viewing.
I don't think I will be using the ITV player again because I am still unable to access Google Chrome and I think this application has hindered my internet viewing.
I think ITV need to up its game and work on developing its ITV player technology. However, when the application worked, it was okay.