The BBC comes clean on why there's no iPlayer for Apple TV
British Apple TV owners have been longing for the BBC iPlayer on our favorite black box pretty much forever, but now we might finally know why it hasn't happened. BBC's Chris Yanda has outlined why they went Chromecast, and not Apple TV.
iPhone and iPad owners can get a proper iPlayer experience on their TV using Chromecast. It works really well, but I have to confess to being massively disappointed, still, that it isn't on the Apple TV. From what Yanda says, it doesn't look like we can expect to see it any time soon.
It's still not a particularly great reason, either. The Chromecast is a totally different product to the Apple TV. It requires a mobile device or the Chrome browser to operate – even if it takes the streams directly from the content provider, not from your phone. Apple TV just sits there under your TV, whether you have any other Apple product or not. Chromecast however does mean the BBC just had to add to its existing iOS and Android iPlayer apps to enable the functionality. Apple TV would require a dedicated channel.
So, we may not like it, but there we go. Disappointing though, isn't it?
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I think you can stream from the dedicated apps (if any), and most internet boxes offer the ability to directly stream replays from them.
For AppleTV, I need an AppleTV, and the iPlayer app to AirPlay to it. Same same, no?
For AppleTV, I need an AppleTV, and the iPlayer app to AirPlay to it. Same Same. Airplay has worked for _years_ for iPlayer. That was my primary TV interface when I lived in the UK. I'd like to see an AppleTV app on the frontrow of the AppleTV, but it's by no means blocked from being used as it stands.
Yes, this is true. But, if I get an AppleTV, and no other Apple product, can I watch my Google Play content on it? You technically can watch your Google Play stuff on Android and iOS, and you can only watch your iTunes content on an iOS device. The Google Play/CC is a tad more open than iTunes/ATV.