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iPlayer adds ‘Series Record’ feature to Desktop app

Automatically downloads new episodes of TV series

BBC iPlayer Series Record

BBC iPlayer now offers a Series Record function to automatically download new episodes

The BBC has updated its iPlayer Desktop software with a new feature – ‘Series Record’ – that allows viewers to subscribe to future episodes of any programme, which will then be automatically downloaded when available.

Series Record mimics the functionality found on PVRs including Sky+ boxes and Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes. The feature was added to the BBC’s downloadable Desktop iPlayer app on Wednesday as part of the service’s continuous evolution since it launched in 2007.

Viewers wanting to take advantage of the Series Record feature must download and install the iPlayer Desktop – free from the iPlayer website – rather than using the iPlayer web interface.

Once Series Record is enabled within the software, new episodes automatically download when available, and each programme is available for offline viewing for 30 days before they expire. Once you’ve started to watch an episode, however, there is a 7-day window to complete your viewing before it expires.

For more information check out our guides to BBC iPlayer and online TV.

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