Just over six weeks after the debut of the new Apple TV, the BBC has kept their word about their streaming video app coming the set-top box. The BBC’s iPlayer is now available on the new Apple TV in the UK, bringing live and on-demand video content from the national broadcaster. The anticipation for iPlayer has been high, as the app has been notably missing from previous Apple TV models for some time.
Apple TV owners in the UK should find the iPlayer app easy to navigate, as it uses the native tvOS interface, making it a similar experience to browsing movies or TV shows from the iTunes Store. The app offers access to live broadcasts of BBC One/Two/Three/Four and other channels.
But in additional watching live television, iPlayer gives users the ability to stream shows that aired in the last 30 days on demand, meaning it’s easy to catch a missed episode.
It seems the BBC picked a perfect time launch the app, as the holiday season is now upon us. “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,” iPlayer head Dan Taylor-Watt said. “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.”