Programmes on BBC iPlayer will become available much more quickly as part of a significant updates being rolled out on the on-demand streaming service.
Previously, there was a significant delay before a programme became available after it was broadcast due to programmes being processed into a high quality on demand video after they’ve been broadcast. It made viewers wait upto a few days for programmes.
A BBC statement says: “What we’ve done now is sped this up significantly, by introducing what we’ve called ‘pseudo VOD’. Rather than processing the whole programme once it’s finished, this pseudo VOD system reuses the live segments of video you see when you’re watching live on iPlayer to create a temporary on demand video instead, which we can publish as soon as the programme ends. This plugs the gap, while we work on processing the high quality on demand video as we did before, and once this is ready replace the temporary video.”
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The second key update is that iPlayer has reduced the streaming latency of live programmes.
Viewers watching live streams may have found they were lagging about 80 – 120 seconds behind the TV broadcast. The BBC has now been able to reduce this lag by 20 seconds, meaning viewers will now typically only be around 60 seconds behind the TV broadcast.