The BBC has today announced the rollout of a new update for their BBC iPlayer application, enabling their media player to support a variety of new devices including more TVs, Blu-Ray players and set-top boxes.
With the update the broadcaster also announced that it will be closing down the ‘Bigscreen’ version for BBC iPlayer.
This was announced by BBC’s Executive Product Manager, Marcus Parnwell, who stated that the BBC will be looking to migrate the majority of existing devices to the new version as soon as possible:
“Back in March, we started rolling out a new version of BBC iPlayer: designed for a multiscreen world, so the experience is consistent, but optimised across PC, tablet, mobile and TV devices. We’ve had some great feedback so far, but lots of you have been asking when new BBC iPlayer will be coming to the devices you have. So today, I can update you on the roll-out on Connected TVs.”
“With this in mind, limited resources, and new BBC iPlayer rolled out to over 85% users, we’ve had to make the tough call to retire the ‘Bigscreen’ version. This means that from next month (September 2014) some devices that are using this ‘Bigscreen’ version on some TVs, Blu-Ray devices and PCs connected to TVs will no longer have access to BBC iPlayer.”
You can find the list of all the newly supported devices at the source link below.