The BBC have shown off changes coming to the iPlayer web site and apps. In a post on the BBC Internet blog the BBC have outlined how the new version will encourage content discovery and have a responsive design so there is one version that adjusts to the optimal presentation for the device.
The new web version of iPlayer has been developed using responsive design, which means we can deliver the iPlayer experience to multiple different screen sizes without building separate versions. It also means that if I share a link to iPlayer from my computer, it will work just fine if you open it on your mobile or tablet browser.
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% of visitors are now coming without a particular programme in mind.
There is a new home screen that makes it easier to find shows and a new channel view.
With that in mind, we’ve created a brand new home screen that’s simpler, more visual and easier to browse. There’s a consistent navigation bar along the top, providing easy access to channels and categories. There’s a ‘Find tools’ panel, of which more later. However the majority of the screen is dedicated to an image-led browsing experience.
Sadly there is no news on a Windows Store version of the iPlayer for now we will have to continue using the web version.
The new version of iPlayer is rolling out at bbc.co.uk/iplayer