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bbc iplayer live restart

BBC iPlayer has been updated, adding a host of new features.

Taking pride of place is the Live Restart feature. This lets you jump back to the beginning of a show to start watching, even if you've tuned in halfway through the broadcast. So no more waiting for it it to finish and be uploaded to iPlayer so you can start at the beginning.

The feature is already available on PC, but is now being brought to 40 per cent of the 1,700 TV-attached devices that regularly access iPlayer throughout the UK (think; smart TVs, set-top boxes etc). More devices will be added on a regular basis.

The new My Programmes tab is a personalised home for your iPlayer shows, and makes the service more personal. It brings together the shows you've favourited or earmarked for future viewing, and offers prompts for the latest episode in a series you've been watching.

Lastly, you can now start watching on one device, and carry on using another. Sign in to your BBC account, and the Cross-device pause and resume feature will let you start watching on your iPad on the way home from work, say, and carry on using your PC when you get in.

Day Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer, said: "This raft of new features promises to give users even greater control over their iPlayer experience, ensuring they're never late for a BBC TV broadcast again, providing easy access to the programmes they're enjoying on BBC iPlayer whether at home or on the move."

The new features are rolling out now, and should hit all compatible devices in the coming weeks.

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