YouView adds updated iPlayer and BBC connected red button

BBC_CRB_Launch youview red button iplayerUK connected TV platform YouView has added the latest, updated version of the BBC’s iPlayer, as well as the BBC’s Connected Red Button service, to its offering. 

The refreshed iPlayer has a new look and feel, offering new programme categories – such as comedy, arts, history and music – as well giving users access to the last 30 days of content.

The YouView update comes after the BBC extended the iPlayer catch-up window from seven to 30 days earlier this month. In March, the BBC first started to roll out the updated version of the Player in a bid to offer a “consistent, but optimised,” experience across different screens.

YouView support for the BBC’s Connected Red Button service means that viewers will also be able to access an increased choice of video and streaming content across news, sport and weather by pressing the red button on their remote control while watching BBC TV channels.

“We are delighted to give YouView customers the best in free-to-air functionality. New BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button are just two of the many ways we’re evolving and improving the YouView on demand TV service, ensuring seamless and easy access to great TV for everyone,” said YouView CEO Richard Halton.

The new BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button launch on YouView today in a staggered rollout for YouView Humax retail set-top boxes and YouView from BT set-top boxes. YouView said the update will be added to YouView from TalkTalk set-top boxes “in due course.”