The BBC has confirmed that its on-demand “catch-up” iPlayer service is coming to the new Apple TV for the first time.
Despite being available on other platforms including Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon’s Fire TV, Sky’s Now TV and various video game consoles, iPlayer has not previously been available through Apple TV — although it was possible to use the BBC’s free iPlayer app for the iPad or iPhone via Airplay.
“Available on over 10,000 devices, BBC iPlayer is one of the biggest and best on-demand video services in the world, and has transformed how U.K. audiences watch programmes online,” the BBC’s director-general Tony Hall said in a statement.
“I am delighted that iPlayer will be coming to the new Apple TV in the coming months, helping to bring the BBC’s distinctive and loved content to an even wider audience.”
There’s no specific launch date for iPlayer on Apple TV, although it is described as coming “soon.”
Apple made its refreshed Apple TV available for pre-order earlier this week, costing $149.99 for a 32GB model, while the 64GB version costs $199.99. The surprisingly-repairable box features an advanced touchpad remote control, Siri integration, and its own dedicated App Store.
Sadly, it’s unlikely that U.S. customers will be able to use iPlayer, although a number of top BBC shows are available on Netflix.