BBC Updates VOD Service8 Oct, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey
BBC is updating its online VOD iPlayer app to offer more content, channels designed around specific events, online channels such as Radio 1 TV and more exclusive content.
“The new generation of BBC iPlayer is set to transform our relationship with audiences,” said BBC director general Tony Hall. “In the coming years, for many people BBC iPlayer is going to be the front door to our programming and the experience they have is going to be a world away from that of a traditional ‘one to many’ broadcaster. It will be a relationship where we provide our audiences with what they want, when and how they want it.”
The updated player — set to launch in 2014 — will give users the ability to watch previously aired content up to 30 days after it airs, instead of the previous seven, and will offer users some content before it airs.
“BBC iPlayer is one of the BBC’s greatest inventions and one of the U.K.’s favorite brands. We plan to revolutionize iPlayer from a service primarily used to catch up on BBC TV to an entertainment destination for all — wherever you are,” said Ralph Rivera, director of BBC Future Media. “With innovative interactive features and a new design that helps you discover more hidden gems from the BBC, iPlayer will transform online TV for audiences now and in the future.”
Since launching Christmas Day 2007, BBC iPlayer is now available on more than 1,000 devices and platforms.