TV, iPlayer and Red Button
Launched in December 2007 as a simple catch-up website, BBC iPlayer has helped pioneer TV on demand. BBC iPlayer has since evolved, by offering audiences the opportunity to watch selected BBC programmes for up to 30 days after broadcast, adding more TV programmes; including entire series, films and exclusive content, live TV channels, programme downloads for offline viewing and personalisation features such as favourites and recommendations
2014 saw a new version of BBC iPlayer launch, with the service redesigned - featuring more advanced recommendations, smarter searching and a new look and feel. In October, BBC iPlayer got even better – with the catch-up window extended from 7 to 30 days for streaming - giving viewers even more choice about when and how they enjoy BBC programmes.
2014 was also a year that saw BBC iPlayer commission a host of exclusive content, including a celebration of 50 years of Notting Hill Carnival, London Fashion Week, new talent Drama films, original Comedy Shorts starring household names like Bob Mortimer, Micky Flanagan, Morgana Robinson and Meera Syal and Frankie Boyle’s Scottish Referendum Autopsy.
BBC iPlayer is available on over 1200 devices and platforms and since launch there have been over 10 billion requests on BBC iPlayer for TV and radio programmes.
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Latest iPlayer news
BBC Three is going stateside in October 2016 after commissioning landmark documentary series American High School, Reggie Yates: Life And Death In Chicago and Trumps’ Youngest Superfans.
BBC Radio 1 today announced the star-studded line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards 2016 revealing that Jess Glynne, Shawn Mendes, Little Mix, The Vamps and DNCE will perform at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 23 October during the event that honours the UK’s unsung teenage heroes as well as the year’s best music, online, sport and entertainment stars.
BBC Three’s contemporary British drama Thirteen is the most requested show on BBC iPlayer in 2016 with 3m requests.
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