BBC TV viewers can now watch already in-progress programmes just by pressing the green button on their smart TV or set top box’s remote control.
The broadcaster has introduced a new live restart feature similar to that already available inside the iPlayer app and via web and mobile browsers.
When viewers switch over to a BBC channel a small graphic appears on screen prompting viewers to restart the programme, just as it appears for the millions of people who press the red button to find extra content from the BBC.
When they press the green button, the TV instantly loads BBC iPlayer and plays the programme from the start.
The new feature is available now across BBC One and BBC One HD, BBC Two and BBC Two HD, BBC Four, and will be rolled out to BBC Four HD in the future.
Dan Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer, says: “Live restart is one of BBC iPlayer’s most valued features, and we’ve now made it even easier to access from our broadcast TV channels.
“We’re hoping pressing the green button to restart will become a natural part of watching TV, much as pressing the red button has for millions of people each week.”