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iPlayer: Enhanced connected TV features, record month

BBC iPlayer is about to become more personal for connected TV viewers. People who sign-in to their BBC account on connected TVs will start to benefit from a growing number of personalised features such as the ability to resume watching an episode or series started on another device.

Initially available to viewers with YouView devices, but rolling out to other connected TV devices, including set-top boxes, streaming media devices and games consoles, over the coming weeks and months, audiences can start watching the latest drama on the bus home from work – and pick up the action again from the comfort of their sofa on their TV.

To make it as easy as possible for people to sign-in on connected TVs, the BBC is rolling out ‘Pin and Pair’. To sign-in, all users will need to do is:

  • Select the person icon at the top of the screen on BBC iPlayer on your connected TV
  • On a separate computer, tablet or smart phone, go to the web address displayed on the TV screen and enter the code on screen

The new sign-in capability and personalised features follow another record-breaking month for BBC iPlayer, with 304 million requests in January, the highest ever seen by the BBC. January was up eight per cent on December, BBC iPlayer’s previous best ever month, and saw over 50 million requests more than the same month last year.

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