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  • BBC Announces Apple TV Iteration of its iPlayer App is Coming Soon

    Apple customers in the UK will soon be able to stream on-demand episodes of their favorite BBC programs as the company recently announced plans of bringing a version of its iPlayer service to the new Apple TV. BBC announced the news on its official Twitter account, stating that the Apple TV version of the app would become available “in the coming months.” BBC director-general, Tony Hall, had the following to say regarding the matter:

    Available on over 10,000 devices, BBC iPlayer is one of the biggest and best on-demand video services in the world, and has transformed how UK audiences watch programmes online. I am delighted that iPlayer will be coming to the new Apple TV in the coming months, helping to bring the BBC's distinctive and loved content to an even wider audience.
    For users who are living outside of the UK, BBC’s iPlayer is an on-demand, offline viewing and live streaming app that has typically been a longtime favorite of locals, which has been made popular thanks to the iOS platform. Although iPhone and iPad users have had access to the iPlayer app for many years, it hasn’t been made available on the Apple TV. Users were typically stuck streaming from an iOS device over Airplay, which BBC did allow.

    As of right now, BBC hasn’t specified exact hardware specifications but it appears that iPlayer might be limited to fourth-gen Apple TVs which were recently released. The BBC News article mentioned Siri universal search, a new Apple TV feature that aggregates search results from multiple sources but doesn’t confirm iPlayer compatibility at launch. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, recently mentioned that third-party developers would soon be granted access to Siri’s Search API, but as of right now the list of supported apps remains very limited and excludes the iPlayer app.

    We’ll have to wait and see how the app fares when it is officially released.

    Source: BBC iPlayer (Twitter), BBC News
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