BBC iPlayer and Siri for Apple Music Coming to New Apple TV in Months Ahead

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

The Apple TV apps we want to see coming to the new box.

iPlayer is already available on a number of other platforms, including Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Sky’s Now TV box and several video game consoles. “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,” says the BBC’s director-general Tony Hall. “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.” We welcome reader discussion and request that you please comment using an authentic name.BBC iPlayer, the online service for computer and iOS users which allows TV fans based in Britain to catch up on shows, as well as watching channels live, will be missing from the next-generation Apple TV once it reaches customers this Friday.Sadly then there is no hard and fast release schedule for the catchup service, but at least we know that it will definitely be making an appearance on the new box.

Given that iPlayer has been available on pretty much every other set-top box in existence, from the Amazon Fire TV to the Roku boxes to the Nvidia SHIELD, the fact that it was never available on the Apple TV as a native application has always seemed strange. With the likes of HBO, Hulu and the US sporting networks grabbing the app headlines it’s about time we had some more UK-focused software coming our way. If you want to plug into our TVs then you’ve really got to be able to offer ITV Player – as ropey as its implementation generally is – All4 and Demand 5. At the minute, would-be Apple TV owners in Britain, myself included, have only a small handful of content providers to go with when configuring the next-generation device.

Not all Apple TV boxes are going to be hooked up to screens with antennas attached so having the internet TV service TVCatchup would be a boon for Apple’s device. So, along with getting Sky Sports via NOW TV it would be good to get the dedicated Sky Sports app, but with BT Sport hoovering up the rights to Champions League coverage getting a native BT Sport app is vital too.

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