The television broadcasting company, BBC has had an application for its on demand or catch up TV service, the BBC iPlayer on the PlayStation 3 for a while now. Today we have news that they now have a new look for the service which features on the console which makes it easier for users to navigate the menus.
The redesigned iPlayer has been reported by Cnet to have similarities in design to Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. It has the same reclining tiles featuring programmes that expand when selected which rotate like a carousel across the screen. You can also set favorite programmes, view history of previously searched programmes and the revamp also has an improved search system.
The reason for the retuning from the BBC is aimed at improving the performance of the iPlayer on larger screen TVs and will eventually be rolling out as a TV app and on internet connected TVs but will first be featured on the PS3. The broadcasters say it will be better for users of devices without a touchscreen or a mouse.
Meanwhile the BBC has been rolling out their BBC iPlayer for iPad app across the rest of Europe. Until recently the app was only available for UK residents but will soon be available to France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and Austria if it isn’t already.
While the UK residents are not charged for the service, European habitants will have to pay €49.99 annually or €6.99 per month. This is because those in the UK already cover the cost for the service in their annual TV licensing fee. Check out the article by Gary Johnson for more details about the iPlayer for iPad app.
What do you think of the new look BBC iPlayer for the PS3?