Published: 29th Mar 2017
The vision for the next-generation iPlayer has been unveiled by the BBC, with the corporation eager to make the service its number one digital entertainment destination.
This switch will see the iPlayer evolving from its current broadcast TV catch-up guise and becoming a service that offers a wider range of content, innovative new features and different ways of watching BBC TV programmes.
Viewers in the future will be able to experiment with various new formats, including pop-up channels for special events such as Glastonbury Festival and online channels like Radio 1 TV.
Following the success of recent comedy pilots on BBC Three, the new setup promises more exclusive content going forward, while users will have an opportunity to access some content online before it is on TV thanks to a new service enabling them to come up with their own evening schedule.
Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, explained the broadcaster's relationship with its audiences will be transformed by the new iPlayer. He stated: "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."
Viewers can look forward to being provided with the content when and how they want, Mr Hall said, adding the greater level of interactivity on offer will also mean users have the opportunity to provide feedback on what they see.
Director of BBC Future Media Ralph Rivera described the iPlayer as not only one of the UK's favourite brands, but also one of the BBC's greatest inventions. He commented: "We plan to revolutionise iPlayer from a service primarily used to catch up on BBC TV to an entertainment destination for all."
Those who want to make sure they are able to make the most of the revamped BBC iPlayer can do so by opting for the guaranteed fast speeds of satellite broadband.
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