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BBC iPlayer on Apple TV

December 14, 2015

In tandem with announcing a raft of seasonal offerings, updates to mobile apps and exclusive programming, the BBC iPlayer is launching on the all-new Apple TV.

In addition, following the launch of BBC Store in November, people who use BBC iPlayer’s mobile and tablet apps and sign-in will now be able to stream their BBC Store purchases directly from the app, as well as receive programme recommendations personalised to their tastes and preferences.

Dan Taylor-Watt, Head of BBC iPlayer, says: “Christmas is a popular time for viewers to come to BBC iPlayer, as they unwrap new devices and browse and discover the BBC’s fantastic Christmas programmes. With the launch of iPlayer on new Apple TV, I’m delighted we’ve been able to give people another way of accessing the full breadth and range of BBC programmes. And, the updates to our mobile and tablet apps mean we can now deliver more personalised recommendations of BBC programmes to viewers, as well as the ability to stream BBC Store purchases directly from the iPlayer app.”

These updates add to the features launched on BBC iPlayer earlier this year, making it a more personalised for viewers. These include:

  • My Programmes – where you can find the shows you’ve favourited, programmes you’ve started watching but not finished, as well as programmes purchased on BBC Store
  • Live Restart on Connected TVs – allowing you to skip back to the start of a programme if you’ve missed the beginning
  • Cross-device pause and resume – letting you start watching programmes on one device and continue from where you’ve left off on another
  • Recommendations of BBC programmes personalised to you – helping you find more of what you like on the BBC

BBC iPlayer is available on over 10,000 devices in the UK for free, from computers and smartphones to tablets and Connected TVs. 2014 was a record-breaking year for BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio, which saw 3.5 billion TV and radio programme requests across all devices and the catch-up window extend from seven to 30 days.


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