The BBC announced that they will be updating their BBC iPlayer app for tablets and smartphones soon.

With this update, the BBC will be bringing the Live Restart feature that they released in August of last year, which allows you to restart a live programme from any duration.

This feature will be soon be added to their app on iOS and Android, allowing you to watch live video and not worry about the time that you join it.

This comes after the BBC added pause and rewind controls for live TV on mobile.

On top of that, the BBC will also include HD streams at 720p in 50fps as the default option when watching iPlayer content on a computer or connected TVs.

There’s also new support for adaptive bitrates, with visual seeking when scrolling through a programme, like you can see in the image below.

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It will show a preview of the time that you are scrolling through at the time bar of the show.

The BBC say that this will be launched on the BBC iPlayer website first, and then on other versions in “the coming year”.

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