BBC launches next generation, personalized version of BBC iPlayer

The BBC has unveiled its vision for the next generation BBC iPlayer, evolving its video on-demand service for audiences in the future. The new service will see it move from a broadcast TV catch-up service to the BBC’s primary digital entertainment destination.

The BBC’s vision for new iPlayer is focused on creating a greater range of content, new ways of watching BBC TV shows as well as innovative feature. The BBC plans to experiment with:

  • Pop-up channels—around specific events or festivals such as Glastonbury, curated by key talent
  • Online channels—such as Radio 1 TV, Arts or Science
  • More exclusive content—building on the success of comedy pilots for BBC Three
  • The ability to create your own evening schedule—with access to more content before it is on TV
  • An extended window to watch increasing from seven to 30 days
  • Ability to pause and resume TV viewing from one screen to another
  • More relevant and personalised recommendations

In the future, BBC iPlayer will introduce more programming made exclusively for online audiences for BBC shows like EastEnders, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing, and themed collections from the BBC’s Archive.

The BBC will make it easier for viewers to watch what they want, when and where they want to, and introduce the ability to pause and resume TV viewing from one screen to another. BBC iPlayer will also introduce the ability to create personalised channels based on your preferences.

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, says: "It will be a relationship where we provide our audiences with what they want, when and how they want it. And crucially through enhanced interactivity, they will also be able to tell us what they think of these programmes and services too. That conversation excites me hugely as it means our audiences won't just receive the programmes we make, they will contribute to how we make them as well."

Ralph Rivera, Director of BBC Future Media, says: “BBC iPlayer is one of the BBC’s greatest inventions and one of the UK’s favourite brands. We plan to revolutionise iPlayer from a service primarily used to catch up on BBC TV to an entertainment destination for all – wherever you are. 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.”

DTG Staff  |  08.10.2013

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