The BBC has confirmed it will release an iPlayer app for the new Apple TV “in the coming months,” allowing fans to catch up with their favorite BBC shows via their new set-top box. The BBC is hoping its app can deliver shows to a wider audience.
“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,” said BBC director-general Tony Hall.
“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 British users especially, iPlayer was a big omission from earlier Apple TVs, and users had to resort to streaming shows from their iOS devices instead — despite that fact that rival set-top boxes from Amazon, Roku, and Sky had their own iPlayer apps.
But fortunately for new Apple TV owners, the BBC won’t be shunning this model, which has begun making its way to pre-order customers. Ian Maude from the research firm Enders Analysis believes that’s a bigger deal for Apple than it is for the BBC.
“iPlayer coming to the Apple TV is a landmark deal,” Maude told BBC News. “I think it’s very difficult for any internet-based video streaming service to launch in the UK without [iPlayer]. That was true for Sky’s Now TV box – it was huge when it got iPlayer – and I think the same will be true for Apple.”
iPlayer is the ultimate catch-up service for almost all BBC shows. If you happen to miss an episode when it is broadcasted on TV, iPlayer gives you up to 30 days to catch up at a time to suit you.