The BBC have announced a major new upgrade for Iplayer app.
The new look app features a new Home screen with a selection of curated programmes and the most popular programmes available on BBC iPlayer at the moment
New Category pages, with a selection of curated programmes to browse and a simple A-Z list that makes finding programmes even easier
New Channel pages in channel branding that showcase programmes specific to each channel – with Watch Live prominently displayed for easy access
Subtitles for downloaded programmes, enabling BBC programmes to be enjoyed with subtitles on the go
An optimised design which switches seamlessly between landscape and portrait orientations.
The Home, Category and Channel pages all include Collections – a new feature that allows programmes to be grouped together based on a series or theme. This feature could showcase a collection of new and archive programmes on Hip Hop or the entire new series of Sarah & Duck, for example.
Dan Taylor, Head of BBC iPlayer, says: “This update brings the best-ever BBC iPlayer experience to our hugely successful mobile and tablet apps, making the huge breadth of what the BBC offers – from Happy Valley to Match Of The Day, from The Trip to In The Night Garden – easier to find and putting the discovery of new favourites that you didn’t know about at the heart of the iPlayer experience. The BBC iPlayer mobile and tablet apps let you to take this experience with you wherever you go, with downloads enabling offline viewing – now with the added benefit of subtitles.”
Alongside technological innovation, BBC iPlayer continues to lead the way with new forms of content and breaking new talent.
Original Comedy Shorts – exclusive to BBC iPlayer from 1 June
Available from Sunday 1 June, Original Comedy Shorts feature some of the biggest names in British comedy. Commissioned exclusively for BBC iPlayer, each comedian was given the opportunity to make a show with no restrictions. Frankie Boyle and Bob Mortimer host their own cookery show, Micky Flanagan has issues with a fox, Matt Berry narrates a wildlife documentary in a way that only Matt Berry can, Reece Shearsmith and Sally Philips star in a 1930s Austrian comedy, Meera Syal offers a cutting insight of Bollywood life and Morgana Robinson rips through trailers for new shows on Channel M, including Benefits Cul-de-Sac and The Undateables (with Miley Cyrus).
The Original Comedy Shorts follow the Original Drama Shorts that featured new talent and writers, the global premiere of Chris Lilley’s Jonah that was stacked on BBC iPlayer, Goldie’s exclusive tour of Matisse’s Cut Outs exhibition at The Tate, a series of extended interviews with First World War veterans and the hugely successful Doctor Who and Sherlock minisodes, The Night Of The Doctor and Many Happy Returns.
Also available now, stacked on BBC iPlayer before it airs on BBC Three, is People Just Do Nothing – a comedy from The Office producer Ash Atalla about pirate radio station Kurupt FM. The Daily Telegraph described the new series as “impressive”. Discovered on YouTube, the first series premiered on BBC iPlayer before moving to BBC Three and is now back on BBC iPlayer: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01xw0zf/people-just-do-nothing-1-secret-location
And coming soon, exclusive to BBC iPlayer, acclaimed journalist and storyteller Adam Curtis will bring a radical vision of contemporary Britain, exploring the themes of hypocrisy, deception and corruption with his exclusive iPlayer trilogy: Out There, At The Mountains Of Madness.