BBC iPlayer adds rewind features to live broadcasts

New BBC iPlayer features see users given the chance to skip back through live content

The BBC has introduced a selection of new features to its iPlayer streaming service including live rewind ahead of the summer of sport

Further enhancing its much loved on-demand catch up service, the BBC has introduced new BBC iPlayer features allowing users to pause and rewind live streams.

Falling under the title of ‘Live Restart’, the new BBC iPlayer service sees fans of the online video service given the Sky+ treatment with live broadcasts able to be restarted or rewound before they have come to their natural conclusion.

“If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, or delayed on the tube and miss the critical start of your favourite BBC programme when you get in, with one click you can skip back to the beginning of that live programme,” the BBC’s Executive Product Manager of Media Services, Henry Webster said.

He added: “Unlike your typical PVR, there is no need to have previously been watching or recording the show. Whenever you join, with one click, viewers can either restart the programme that they are currently watching, or scroll back to watch programmes from the previous two hours.”

Set to enhance the user experience of the iPlayer service across a selection of platforms, the new features are being hailed as a user appeasing introduction ahead of the hugely popular culmination to Euro 2012, Wimbledon and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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