S4C joins BBC iPlayer as first third-party channel

Welsh-language channel S4C has joined the BBC iPlayer service. The move marks the first time that the BBC has integrated a third-party broadcaster into its catch-up platform. S4C is joining iPlayer on a 18-month trial basis with S4C editorially responsible for its commissioned content. At the end of this period, the BBC will evaluate the […]

BBC preps sci-fi exclusives for iPlayer

UK pubcaster the BBC is launching three new sci-fi shows on its iPlayer streaming and catch-up service under the My Life in Science Fiction banner. Podcast producers The Geek Syndicate are making the films for iPlayer. My Life in Science Fiction: Invasion of the Fans will follow sci-fi fans and obsessives who reveal how the […]

BBC extends iPlayer window to 30 days

The BBC has extended the catch-up window for its on-demand iPlayer service from seven to 30 days. The move, which applies to BBC TV and radio programmes, was introduced over the weekend and follows approval from the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, in April. Viewers accessing the iPlayer from computers, tablets and mobile devices […]

iPlayer on trend with fashion originals

The BBC has commissioned three programmes on the forthcoming London Fashion Week to air exclusively on catch-up service BBC iPlayer. The three shows are Susie Bubble Backstage, featuring fashion blogger Susie Bubble, which will be available exclusively on iPlayer from September 16; Abbey Clancy On Frowers, featuring Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy’s guide to […]

Social layer added to iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD

Beamly, the service that was recently rebranded from Zeebox, has launched a new Chrome extension that displays Tweets as part of the UK’s leading catch-up services. The Beamly OnDemand extension adds a social panel to the BBC iPlayer (pictured), ITV Player and Channel 4’s 4oD on-demand services, displaying tweets and comments that were made about […]

iPlayer TV traffic from tablets exceeds PCs for the first time

BBC iPlayer TV programme requests from tablets were higher than from computers for the first time in April, according to the corporation’s latest catch-up service stats. The BBC said that 30% of TV content requested during the month on iPlayer was from tablets, compared to 28% from computers and 18% from mobile devices. The rest […]

BBC iPlayer hits new record in March

The BBC logged 320 million TV and radio requests through the iPlayer in March, up 18% year-on-year, marking a new record for the online catch-up service. The traffic surpassed the BBC’s previous record of 315 million requests, set in January this year, and was helped by surging mobile traffic. The BBC said that mobiles and […]

Netflix makes UK gains as Amazon’s OTT share dips

Netflix has expanded its share of the UK market in the last six months as Amazon’s recently rebranded LoveFilm service has suffered a decline, according to new research by Decipher Media. The digital consultancy’s Mediabug report claims that in the past six months Netflix has grown its membership among UK web users from 10% to […]

BBC Trust approves 30-day iPlayer catch-up window

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has approved plans by the corporation to extend the catch-up window for its iPlayer video-on-demand service from seven to 30 days. Announcing the move, the Trust said that it expects the BBC to implement the changes from this summer, with the decision following a formal assessment and advice […]

BBC iPlayer catch-up being extended to 30 days

The BBC iPlayer catch-up service will be extended from seven days to a 30-day window soon, along with new features including a Radio 1 video player within iPlayer, according to iPlayer chief Dan Taylor, speaking at Informa’s TV Connect event this morning. Taylor also said that the new version of iPlayer launched on a limited […]