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iPlayer brings live TV channels to connected TVs

All BBC channels, plus S4C are now available nationwide as live channels on most smart / connected TVs via the latest version of the iPlayer TV App.

The new addition to the iPlayer TV App means that smart TV users can connect to all of the BBC TV channels regardless of terrestrial TV reception, and it enables viewers throughout the UK to watch S4C from Wales and BBC Alba from Scotland.

The live streams are currently in standard definition only, so viewers who don't live in an area served by the full range of BBC HD channels on Freeview can't at the present time use the iPlayer live streams as a workaround. The service doesn't offer the same level of regional options as other TV platforms.

As depicted above, viewers will see the option to watch a live programme via the Channels pages of the iPlayer app via the "on now" segment.

For the live playback of channels, the BBC says "the device you're using must support HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and it must be certified to use BBC apps like iPlayer." A TV licence is required to watch the live streams and usage of the service is subject to any monthly data caps that some broadband users may have.

The new functionality is being rolled out to other devices, such as Xbox One soon.


  1. Just noticed this also works with my YouView box. So I can now watch BBC Alba in England! Happy days!! :)

  2. I wonder if/when the BBC Two national variants will be available? Is there much of a difference between BBC Two England and BBC Two Wales? I suppose there are too many versions of BBC One to have them all.


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