The BBC's Making it Easier to Restart Live TV Programmes

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you're a regular watcher of live television on BBC iPlayer you'll know that it's not an issue if you miss the start of your favourite programme. You can go straight back to the beginning with the push of a button and no unnecessary fiddling. For people who prefer the good old fashioned TV, that hasn't always been an option. Until now.

The BBC has announced that anyone watching Live television through a smart TV will now be able to restart whatever programme is currently on. All they need to do is press the green button, and they'll be automatically taken to the BBC iPlayer app which will start whatever was on TV from the very beginning. press it again, however, and you'll be whisked back to the live televised version.

Anytime a viewer with a compatible smart TV switches over to a BBC channel (One, Two, Four, or their HD equivalents) they will be shown a prompt asking if they want to restart the current programme. It's basically the same as getting a red button prompt, but for making sure you didn't miss the first few minutes of the latest Attenborough documentary simply because your neighbour was too busy trying to gossip.

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.”