BBC iPlayer will let you 'restart' live shows on your phone


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Nick Summers
September 8, 2016 4:01 AM
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BBC/Robert Viglasky

Sometimes you'll race home and boot up BBC iPlayer, only to find that you've missed the start of your favourite show. Fiddlesticks. It's an important week on The Great British Bake Off. Never mind, at least you can press "restart" on a laptop, PC or smart TV, rewinding the programme in an instant. Now, wouldn't it be nice if you could do that on a smartphone too? Well, soon you will. The BBC says the feature is coming to its iOS and Android apps "shortly," complimenting its new pause and rewind buttons.

Another small, but useful change in the works -- visual seeking. If you subscribe to Netflix, you'll be familiar with the ever-changing thumbnails that appear while you're scrubbing. It's a helpful tool when you're trying to find a specific scene -- I use it all the time to rewatch pivotal story moments. The same feature will be available on the iPlayer website "very soon," before rolling out onto the TV and mobile apps later in the year. On the web, you'll also be able to add a URL modifier "#t=XXmXXs," like the one found on YouTube, so that the video starts at a specific point.

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BBC iPlayer will let you 'restart' live shows on your phone