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YouView adds iPlayer, BBC Red Button

October 24, 2014

Customers of on demand service YouView now have access to more BBC programmes with the introduction of new BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button.

Customers will be able to watch exclusive BBC iPlayer programmes and discover content more easily. The refreshed look and feel offers new categories including comedy, arts, history and music.

In addition, YouView customers will be able to access an increased choice of video and streaming content across news, sport and weather via BBC Connected Red Button, which can be launched from BBC TV channels.

The services will give customers access to a wealth of new functionality including the ability to:

New BBC iPlayer

  • Discover content from the last 30 days through a simpler, cleaner BBC iPlayer home screen

  • Watch content exclusive to new BBC iPlayer – including Doctor Who Extra

  • Browse new categories – including documentaries, food, arts, history and science and nature

  • Access collections grouping programmes by series, season, event or theme

BBC Connected Red Button

  • Access BBC iPlayer, Sport and News apps on your TV from BBC TV channels

  • Discover more TV shows from your favourite BBC channels

  • Enjoy wider coverage including exclusive live streaming of sporting events from BBC Sport

  • Catch-up with the latest BBC News and BBC Sport text and video clips at any time of the day

  • Watch sport video highlights and access headlines, match reports, live scores and standings

  • Tailor the BBC weather forecast to your postcode

Richard Halton, CEO of YouView, said: “We are delighted to give YouView customers the best in free-to-air functionality. New BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button are just two of the many ways we’re evolving and improving the YouView on demand TV service, ensuring seamless and easy access to great TV for everyone.”

New BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button will launch immediately in a staggered rollout for YouView Humax retail set-top boxes and YouView from BT set-top boxes. This update will be added to YouView from TalkTalk set-top boxes in due course.

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