BBC launch second generation iPlayer

The BBC has previewed the second generation of iPlayer which allows viewers to watch both TV and radio programmes on one platform.

The BBC say the new application enables smoother and easier navigation between TV and radio genres and has a greater focus on personalisation.

New features include a 'Last Played' function, which allows users to resume watching programmes at the point they have left off and is intended to complement the current "More Like This" option, which recommends other programmes the user might like.

According to the BBC, users can catch up on BBC Radio broadcasts up to a week old with improved sound quality and can now rewind and fast-forward programmes.

Audiences can also listen live, with the option of a pop-out player to allow them to browse other web pages.

Erik Huggers, the BBC's Group Controller for Future Media and Technology, says:

"Audiences are now able to experience the full range of BBC content—some 250 TV programmes currently available each week as well as all the BBC radio networks—in a new and more accessible way, and all for free".

"The full integration with iPlayer is a natural evolution for the audio service and an exciting step for audiences."

The new-look BBC iPlayer will be available on other catch-up TV devices, including the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, and the Nintendo Wii.

The upgraded service has also been launched in beta and will run alongside the existing iPlayer for the next few weeks.

The BBC also announced that the existing iPlayer has recorded over 100 million programme requests since its launch in January.

DTG Staff  |  25.06.2008

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