The BBC has announced an their new updated iPlayer for web and mobile, with a new design and more functions, offering a better experience for content discovery.
Revealed at the London’s New Broadcasting House, the updated BBC iPlayer has a new user interface, showing different shows and collections of shows on the main page, adapting to previously watched shows when signed-in.
Programs are now bundled into Collections, which can be seasons of a certain show, different programs of a certain event or different shows that have the same sort of theme. This offers more content discovery, offering one program a viewer may be familiar with alongside five or six new programs to start watching.
Another new feature is Recommendations, these will show after the program has finished and will relate to the program previously watched. BBC iPlayer will now auto-play the next episode of a Season, similar to Netflix.
The BBC iPlayer video playback interface has also been revamped, offering an easy and more intuitive set of pre-loaders and playback options, including subtitles, full screen, volume and HD.
To kick off the new BBC iPlayer experience, the BBC has commissioned several new comedy shorts from Frankie Boyle, Bob Mortimer and Meera Syal, along with other new shows coming this May.
The BBC iPlayer is only available fully in the UK, but with the rise in popularity for British shows in the US and other countries, the BBC are looking to expand their offerings to other countries.
Doctor Who has been one of the biggest hits from the BBC recently, with the Internet exploding every time a new episode airs in the UK. Obviously the BBC has other ways to view their content through their TV service worldwide, but many want a full iPlayer experience in other countries.