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The BBC iPlayer app is coming to Apple TV.

Apple's latest streaming box allows third-party developers to make apps for it, clearing the way for iPlayer to land on Apple's device for the first time.

The Beeb's service is widely available on a range of other platforms, including games consoles, desktop and laptops, and Apple's phones and tablets.

However, the bad news is that iPlayer won't be here in time for Apple TV's official streetdate next week.

"BBC iPlayer will be coming to the new Apple TV in the coming months..." the official BBC iPlayer Twitter account tweeted.

BBC director general Tony Hall said in a statement: "Available on over 10,000 devices, BBC iPlayer is one of the biggest and best on-demand video services in the world, and has transformed how UK audiences watch programmes online.

"I am delighted that iPlayer will be coming to the new Apple TV in the coming months, helping to bring the BBC's distinctive and loved content to an even wider audience."

One reason behind the move is thought to be Apple's cross-service voice search system – ask Siri to find a TV show, and it'll scour lots of services, not just iTunes.

By having the iPlayer app on Apple TV, BBC shows will be included in the search results.


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