BBC wants to expand iPlayer catch-up window to 30 days, extend Chromecast support

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The BBC wants to give its viewers the ability to go back and watch any program that has aired over the last 30 days through its iPlayer, according to a iPlayer head Dan Taylor, who outlined the broadcaster’s plans for an expanded catch-up offering at this week’s TV Connect conference in London (hat tip to Broadband TV News). Currently, the iPlayer’s catch-up window extends seven days into the past.

The announcement comes just a week after the broadcaster launched the most recent version of the iPlayer, and on the heels of the BBC throwing its weight behind Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. The BBC’s iPlayer was one of the content launch partners when Google began to sell Chromecast in Europe this week, and BBC Executive Product Manager Chris Yanda outlined the decision to support the product in a blog post that read in part:

“One of the reasons we decided to support Chromecast was that Apple TV currently works only with Apple devices. Chromecast has SDKs available for a number of different platforms including iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser for laptop and desktop computers. Today we’ve added support to the latest versions of both the Android and iOS versions of BBC iPlayer. Soon, we will also be adding support for the Chrome web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS desktop and laptop computers for the new web version of iPlayer.”

The BBC now wants to also bring audio-only programming to Chromecast, and add Chromecast support to additional apps, including the BBC Sport app.

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