BBC outlines plans for iPlayer

iPlayer across four screens light backgroundThe BBC plans to increase the seven-day viewing period for iPlayer to 30 days as standard, according to Dan Taylor, head of iPlayer.

It also plans to introduce new channels and a Radio 1 video version and is looking to test auto play.

Taylor, who was speaking in a keynote entitled The Future of Connected Entertainment and subsequently in a panel discussion at TV Connect, said that the new version of iPlayer, which went live only a week ago following a huge amount of user testing, has already had positive feedback, with viewers saying they were discovering programmes they would not have previously planned to see.

The new version of iPlayer had been created with multiscreen in mind, with its main focus being to make it easier to use for viewers.

Taylor also said the BBC has been supporting a lot of technologies, the industry is now converging around HTML and what is actually possible with HTML has come a long way.

Taylor in addition spoke positively about iPlayers availability on Chromecast.

BBC iPlayer was launched on Christmas Day 2007. It has notched up over 10 billion requests to date and is now receiving around 10 million each day.

Taylor said that 42% of visitors come onto iPlayer without a particular programme in mind and the new version is designed for both and the 52% who are looking for specific programmes.