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Live iPlayer restart from TV guide

July 12, 2017

BBC iPlayer has made it even easier for some viewers to restart live BBC programmes, meaning that tennis fans keen to catch all the action from this weekend’s Wimbledon finals are in luck, even if they’re running late, they won’t miss a moment of the drama from Centre Court.

With the push of a single button, viewers with compatible connected set-top-boxes can now watch programmes from the beginning directly from their electronic programme guide (EPG), without having to wait for them to be made available on demand afterwards.

Live restart was pioneered by BBC iPlayer, and has been available for web and mobile browsers and for viewers watching on connected TVs for some time. Already, more than half of people watching BBC iPlayer live on TVs use live restart, and almost one in five BBC iPlayer viewers across all platforms use it.

Starting with Freesat, it is now being made part of an EPG for the first time, bringing the feature to even more people. The BBC hopes to roll this out to other connected TV platforms in the future.

“Live restart is one of BBC iPlayer’s most popular features, particularly as more and more people are watching live. It’s the first integration of its kind, but we hope to work with more partners in the future to bring this function to as many people as possible,” commented Dan Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer.

“We’re really thrilled to be the first TV platform to give viewers the chance to restart live BBC programmes, when they have missed the beginning, through our TV guide,” declared Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat. “Offering Freesat viewers the latest features and a wide range of content is a big priority for us, and this new feature reflects that. Freesat viewers watching Wimbledon can now easily go back to the beginning of the match via our EPG if they want to.”

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