BBC Releasing a Child-Friendly iPlayer for Smartphones and Tablets
Published on: 16th Jun 2014
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UK based broadcaster, the BBC has released a customised version of its TV streaming app for children.
The children's homepages on the iPlayer app now feature an image-led menu and include the brand new collections to showcase key programmes, seasons, events and themes.
They've also added live restart to the simulcast streams which means that children are now able to rewind through the last two hours of the schedule. For the first time Children's iPlayer is also accessible using mobiles and tablets. IT had been limited to desktop computers before.
The Children's iPlayer websites are built using the same components and technology as the main version of iPlayer. This approach means that new functionality can be easily shared between the two.
In Children's iPlayer they have different navigation which highlights the relevant programmes and schedules for children. This also separates the children's content from the rest of the programmes in the main version of iPlayer, which may feature content that is inappropriate for young children.
The BBC said that it plans to roll out CBeebies iPlayer in the coming weeks.