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BBC iPlayer app now available on Apple TV (Updated)

by Killian Bell | December 14, 2015December 14, 2015 4:17 am PST

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The BBC’s official iPlayer app for Apple TV is now available in the U.K., allowing those with Apple’s latest set-top box to stream a number of BBC channels in real-time, and catch up with their favorite shows.

BBC iPlayer has long been a big omission from Apple TV for users in the U.K., but the public broadcaster has finally decided to offer its support, less than two months after the fourth-generation Apple TV went on sale for the first time with a brand new tvOS platform.

The iPlayer app allows users to live-stream BBC channels, and catch up with programs for up to one month after they were first broadcast. Users can also get personalized recommendations, and begin watching programs on Apple TV then pick up where they left off on an iOS device — and vice versa.

“Christmas is a popular time for viewers to come to BBC iPlayer, as they unwrap new devices and browse and discover the BBC’s fantastic Christmas programs,” said iPlayer boss Dan Taylor-Watt.

“With the launch of iPlayer on new Apple TV, I’m delighted we’ve been able to give people another way of accessing the full breadth and range of BBC programs.”

If you have the new Apple TV and you live in the U.K., you’ll find the iPlayer app in the App Store now.

UPDATE: The BBC tells us that the ability to sync your progress between different devices isn’t yet available in the Apple TV app as stated above. You have to login to your account to be able to do that, and this functionality is only available inside the mobile apps for now.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...