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The new version of BBC iPlayer may have been previewed more than two months ago, but now it's got its final release. And it brings back some old features that the Beeb had planned on canning.

The back button once again has full functionality, since it emerged that viewers used it more than the Beeb had expected. The whole UI also has a more standardised look across the board, to make the experience more consistent.

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Favourites have also been updated after viewers expressed their frustration with the more limited options available.

"We have spent the last 10 weeks working through the feedback you have provided and adding some final polish to ensure it is to the high standard expected of BBC iPlayer," Marcus Parnwell, executive product manager for iPlayer, said in a statement.

"We always aim to minimise clutter and functionality that isn't being used – but because we weren't entirely sure, rather than remove it completely, we did put in a few minimal back journeys to see how they would be used – turns out quite a lot!

"Consequently, we have now restored full hierarchical back journeys so you can navigate back through the application and even exit with the back button."

Some viewers complained the new version is slower, and Parwell admitted it is "more graphically rich and requires more from your device". The Beeb's technical team is working on slimming it down to speed it up.

The version for smart TVs has already been updated. The next in line are those on YouView and Virgin Media TiVo later this year, with Xbox 360 and Now TV upgrades coming further down the line.

Source BBC

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