BBC iPlayer has seen a massive update to the amount of content available
BBC iPlayer has been given an impressive new update, with a treasure trove of classic television and radio programming uploaded to the video on-demand service.
Older shows from the likes of Louis Theroux, David Attenborough, as well as Concorde and Tomorrow’s World will be added on the iPlayer in the coming weeks.
These shows will be included in a brand-new section in the video application – dubbed From The Archive.
According to the BBC, some shows will be available permanently via iPlayer, while others will be rotated with other classic programmes.
BBC iPlayer is slowly evolving from a simple catch-up service to a more comprehensive video service, fuelled by increased competition from the likes of All 4, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
This is one of the biggest steps in making iPlayer a standalone video on-demand service.
Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend episode about UFOs makes an appearance in the From The Archive section, as does the 2010 documentary Leaving the Cult.
Killing for Love – a six-part murder-mystery series that aired on the BBC earlier this year – also appears in the new tab.
Episodes from science and philosophy series Horizon have also been added to iPlayer, allowing viewers to rediscovery shows they might’ve missed the first time around.
The BBC has also promised to add content which “hasn’t been shown since first broadcast,” including the Great War Interviews – a series of conversations filmed with World War One veterans back in the 60s.
The launch of the From The Archive section in iPlayer coincides with the closure of the BBC Store.
This digital marketplace launched back in November 2015, and offered fans the chance to buy classics boxsets from the BBC, including Dad’s Army and Morecambe & Wise.
BBC content is still available via iTunes, Google Play and brick-and-mortar high street stores.
However, following this latest update, it might be…