The title says it all, folks. The BBC had promised some pretty big and exciting changes for iPlayer were afoot in the not-too-distant future, and it would seem the first big one is at hand.
Previously, shows available on the catch-up section of the BBC iPlayer site were only available for seven days after their first broadcast on live television. That window has now been extended to 30 days. Much better for fans of series broadcasting on a weekly basis, as if you missed one episode it would usually be immediately be replaced by the next. Hopefully this will now make your favourite BBC shows a lot easier to follow – a clear stepping stone towards the online-only future they have in store for BBC Three.
The change may take a while to fully implement, though, due to the complexities and rigours of various copyright issues to be considered.
This is the first real functional difference we’ve seen implemented for the BBC’s video on demand service, although they rolled out their first major UI update last month. The redesign saw a more visual focus take prominence, with a greater focus on content discovery.