BBC iPlayer gets personal on connected TVs

Friday, February 17th, 2017 
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BBC iPlayer is about to become more personal for connected TV viewers. People who sign-in to their BBC account on connected TVs will start to benefit from a growing number of personalised features such as the ability to resume watching an episode or series started on another device.

Initially available to viewers with YouView devices, but rolling out to other connected TV devices, including set-top boxes, streaming media devices and games consoles, over the coming weeks and months, audiences can start watching the latest drama from Walford on the bus home from work – and pick up the action again from the comfort of their sofa on their TV.

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To make it as easy as possible for people to sign-in on connected TVs, the BBC is rolling out ‘Pin and Pair’. To sign-in, all you will need to do is:

  • Select the person icon at the top of the screen on BBC iPlayer on your connected TV
  • On a separate computer, tablet or smart phone, go to the web address displayed on the TV screen and enter the code on screen
  • That’s it. Your device is paired

Dan Taylor-Watt, Head of BBC iPlayer, says: “Enabling sign-in on connected TVs and the rollout of new personalised features builds on the BBC’s strategy to make BBC iPlayer more personal across screens – letting you discover and enjoy programmes that are more relevant to you on the devices you use, whenever and wherever you use them.”

Further personalisation features including personalised recommendations will be introduced in the near future.