The BBC has unveiled an overhaul of the iPlayer interface for those watching through the app on their TV or set top box, providing what the broadcaster calls a “sleeker, more pared-back” look.
The playback bar has lost the on-screen play/pause button, and controls such as bookmarking, settings and additional episodes have been moved to the top left-hand corner. Fast-forwarding now brings up visual stills so users can more easily navigate to a desired point in a show.
There’s also greater control of how subtitles are displayed and dynamic positioning to avoid subtitles obscuring key parts of the image, such as on-screen clues in quiz shows. Subtitles are also displayed on a black background for greater clarity.