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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