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BBC unveils new BBC iPlayer

MUMBAI: BBC has has revamped iplayer. Redesigned from the ground up, the new version of BBC iPlayer brings together a new look and feel with core functionality that is built for the future. It makes finding content simpler, discovering new content easier and allows more options for the curation of content. Playback is richer and the viewing experience is tailored to the device being used by the viewer.

Rolling out from today as an opt-in preview on computer, tablet and mobile browsers – and a range of connected TVs, new BBC iPlayer has:

  • a consistent, optimised, responsive design
  • more advanced recommendations – helping the 42% of BBC iPlayer users who come to iPlayer with nothing in mind to watch
  • smarter search – if you want Top Gear, type ‘To’ and BBC iPlayer will predict your search and offer options – making it easier to find what you want
  • collections – groups of programmes curated around events, themes or moments in time that allows you to find more of the content that matters to you
  • *improved access to channels and categories, with both given more prominence – all branded with channel colours and logos
  • image-led navigation
  • an enhanced playback experience. We dim the lights and get out of the way
  • a new-look favourites section that updates with the latest episodes available to watch. Recently watched and searched options that allow easy access to programmes you’ve recently viewed and searched for, and resume play that allows you to pick up an episode where you left off.

Launched on Christmas day 2007, BBC iPlayer has grown and is now available on over 1000 devices across four screens – mobile, tablet, computer and TV. The apps have been downloaded over 28 million times and in January 2014 there were 315 million requests – averaging over 10 million requests a day.

Over 10 billion programmes have been requested in the six years since launch, with over 3 billion of these coming in 2013 alone.

BBC DG Tony Hall said, “This is an exciting day for us. BBC iPlayer is really popular, and new iPlayer will be even better. You’ll be able to find so many more programmes you might like – and I hope everyone enjoys the new design. It’s just a first step to re-inventing BBC iPlayer, the best online television service in the world.”

In the coming months, the BBC iPlayer mobile and tablet apps will be updated with the new look and feel – providing audiences with a consistent iPlayer experience across even more devices.