The BBC revealed today that its enhanced iPlayer service will include an increased amount of exclusive content.
Announcing the latest update, BBC director general Tony Hall said there would be a greater range of content commissioned specifically for the on-demand service.
Redesigned “from the ground up”, the new version will also include a revamped responsive design, updated mobile and tablet apps and new features including more advanced recommendations, smarter search and image-led navigation.
The iPlayer mobile and tablet apps will be updated with the new look and feel “over the coming months”.
Among the new commissions for the service – which is set to become the home of BBC Three next year – include original comedies from Frankie Boyle, Bob Mortimer, Meera Syal and Stewart Lee, and a trilogy of films exploring contemporary Britain from Adam Curtis.
The BBC said that over 10 billion programmes had been requested through the service since its launch on Christmas Day 2007, with 3 billion coming in 2013 alone.
Hall said: “This is an exciting day for us. BBC iPlayer is really popular, and new iPlayer will be even better. You’ll be able to find so many more programmes you might like – and I hope everyone enjoys the new design. It’s just a first step to re-inventing BBC iPlayer, the best online television service in the world.”
The iPlayer falls under the BBC’s Future Media department, with some staff based at MediaCityUK.