BBC iPlayer Desktop: Series Record launched
Yesterday, as part of the BBC iPlayer's continuous evolution, we've launched a new feature, which we're calling Series Record.
The new feature means that with the latest BBC iPlayer Desktop application, you can "subscribe" to download future episodes of any programme on BBC iPlayer. The desktop application installs on your computer and lets you download programmes to watch in the highest available quality, regardless of your broadband speed.
BBC iPlayer download buttons
For those who aren't acquainted with the app, you can download and install it here at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/install, or click the download buttons next to most programmes in BBC iPlayer.
Here are a few good reasons to use the BBC iPlayer Desktop app:
• You no longer need to remember to watch your programme within seven days. Downloaded programmes are available for up to 30 days before they expire (seven days once you've started to watch).
• You don't need to remember to come back to the website. No excuses for missing an episode of BBC One's The Apprentice or BBC Four's The Killing! Once you've enabled Series Record, new episodes automatically download when available, meaning all your favourite programmes are available for offline viewing for 30 days.
• You can watch BBC programmes when offline. Very useful for those with limited bandwidth who struggle with streaming or who are on the move, but also useful when you're overseas** (if you download in the UK before leaving: my top holiday tip!)
• You can watch programmes in high quality, even if your broadband connection isn't fast enough to watch on the Web. If watching live or streaming in HD pushes the limits of your Internet connection, you can download in HD or the highest available quality and say goodbye to buffering or interruptions during playback.
For more information about BBC iPlayer Desktop, please take a look at the FAQs here. Your feedback helps us develop features you love, so I'd love to hear your thoughts.
** In order to watch already downloaded programmes when abroad, you'll need to make sure you're not connected to the Internet.
Dave Price is Head of BBC iPlayer, Programmes and On-Demand, BBC Future Media