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bbc player app live restart

If you tune into a show halfway through on the BBC iPlayer smartphone app, you can now jump back to the beginning and watch it in its entirety.

That's thanks to the addition of the 'live restart' feature. The feature has been present on the iPlayer desktop website since 2012, and on smart TV apps since last summer. So users of the smartphone app have been kept waiting.

Previously, you'd have to wait until the show had finished before being able to watch it on-demand through the iPlayer app. Which was annoying, especially if you only missed the first few minutes.

But no more.

The Beeb has also made HD the default viewing option on iPlayer for those devices capable of showing it. And it's making it easier to find a certain moment in a programme.

bbc player app visual seeking

To do so, hover over the scrub bar (at the bottom that shows how far through a programme you are), and images from that moment will appear as thumbnails. You can also share links to a particular moment, just like you can with YouTube videos.

This feature will soon be available on the iPlayer website, and will come to its TV and mobile apps "in the coming year".

But Auntie isn't stopping there. It's also working on rolling out subtitles on all its live channels through iPlayer, making an archive category to enable cross-platform discovery, and it's working on making iPlayer more customisable.

Plus it's working with manufacturers like Google to improve the performance of iPlayer on their devices.

According to a recent Ofcom report, iPlayer is the most popular online TV service in the UK in terms of both usage and positive word of mouth. The service is available on more than 10,000 different devices, and the mobile app has been downloaded more than 40 million times.

Source: BBC

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