The BBC has today unveiled their new plans for an update to its smartphone and tablet application for BBC iPlayer, with new features coming to the online version soon.

The news was announced by the BBC Director General, Tony Hall at London’s New Broadcasting House where he revealed the new software that has been rebuilt from the ground up to create a better quality experience.

To do this the new iPlayer will use a responsive design, allowing it to scale up depending on the device the user is on.  “We want to improve the appearance of the product, so it appears in the best format for the device it is on,” Hall said.

“A major focus of this release is making it easier to find something to watch, helping you quickly and easily find the programmes you know you’re looking for and, crucially, helping you discover something new. The current iPlayer’s pretty good if you know what you want to watch, but we know that 42 per cent of visitors are now coming without a particular programme in mind,” explained Dan Taylor, the Head of iPlayer at the BBC.

“We’ve also developed such pages for each of our TV channels, creating a place to discover and enjoy the best those channels have to offer even when they’re off air, complementing the more traditional schedule view,” Taylor continued.

The new update will also feature a new homescreen that will display more or less content depending on the devices size, as well as featuring a new Find Tools panel which allows users to find programmes, browse a recently watched list and browse all content via an A-Z list.

Each channel will also get its own dedicated page with their own branding, and the service will also feature different sections for categories ranging with Documentaries, Food, Arts, History and more, as well as a new Collections feature that will bundle collections of programmes together.

The new update for tablets and smartphones will go live today, you can also try out the update for yourself at iPlayer’s homepage.

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